Date: Saturday, 28th November 2015\r\n\r\nCompetition: The FA Trophy\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 15:00\r\n\r\nLocation: Melbourne Stadium\r\n\r\nGloucester City kick start their FA Trophy campaign this Saturday when they travel to the Melbourne Stadium to face Chelmsford City.\r\n\r\nMark Hawkes’s side fell to a 3-0 home loss against Eastbourne Borough in the league last week, meaning the Clarets haven’t won a home game for five matches.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers have won just four games all season, but have a decent enough away record to go into the match with a bit of confidence, despite a 3-1 home loss to Bradford Park Avenue on Tuesday.\r\n\r\nTim Harris is expecting a big improvement from his side, although he is wary of a Chelmsford backlash following their defeat in the league last week.\r\n\r\n”They will want to put that right from their defeat against Eastbourne on Saturday but we’ve got to go there and give it our best shot,” said Harris.\r\n\r\n”We know that if we’re on it, we’ll be all right and we can compete but on Tuesday night giving them a two-goal start is hardly inspiring.\r\n\r\n”We just can’t buy a win at home at the moment so perhaps going to Chelmsford in the Trophy we can just go out there and give it our best shot and then get back to getting some points because we desperately need them.”\r\n\r\nThe opponents:\r\n\r\nChelmsford City was established in 1938 and took over Chelmsford’s New Writtle Street ground.\r\n\r\nIt joined the Southern League and made an immediate impact in the FA Cup, reaching the fourth round in its first season after defeating two League clubs before losing at Birmingham City.\r\n\r\nAt the end of the season, the club applied to join the Football League, but received only one vote.\r\n\r\nIn the 1939–40 season the Southern League was split into Eastern and Western Divisions. City was Eastern Division champions and was declared joint overall champions after drawing a play-off with Lovells Athletic 3–3.\r\n\r\nThe club was the Southern League’s first champions when football resumed after the Second World War, also winning the league cup that season.\r\n\r\nChelmsford won the league cup again in 1959–60 and the league title in 1967–68 and 1971–72. The club continued to apply to join the Football League, but never received more than eight votes.\r\n\r\nThe club remained in the top division of the Southern League until 1976–77, when it was relegated to Division One South.\r\n\r\nIn 1977, City was one of six clubs to represent England in the Anglo-Italian Cup. After the formation of the Alliance Premier League it regained its top division status.\r\n\r\nThe club was relegated again in 1987–88 but made an immediate return to the Premier Division after winning Division One South the following season.\r\n\r\nAnother relegation was experienced in 1996–97 and after an issue with the seating at the ground meant they were refused promotion in 1997–98, they did not return to the Premier Division until 2001.\r\n\r\nIn 2004, the club transferred to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League and was champion in 2007–08, earning promotion to the Conference South.\r\n\r\nIt reached the play-offs in the following season but lost to Hampton & Richmond in the play-off semi-finals.\r\n\r\nThe club qualified for the play-offs again in 2009–10 and 2010–11, but lost in the semi-finals on both occasions.\r\n\r\nCity reached the second round of FA Cup in 2010–11, losing 3–1 at Wycombe Wanderers. In the following season City reached the second round again, taking Macclesfield Town to a replay after drawing at home, however the Clarets lose 1-0 in the replay at Moss Rose.\r\n\r\nDuring the 2012–13 season, the club reached the second round for the third year in a row, defeating along the way its Essex rivals Colchester United 3–1 at Melbourne Park.\r\n\r\nAt the end of the season the club qualified for the play-offs for the fourth time in five years, but lost in the semi-finals to Salisbury City.\r\n\r\nTeam news: \r\n\r\nMike Green (ankle) and George Miller (groin) are facing late fitness tests before Saturday.\r\n\r\nLewis Hall (ribs) and Femi Orenuga (hamstring) are both doubtful and Jack Harris broke his hand playing for Mangotsfield United.\r\n\r\nNew signing Calvin Dinsley is striving to overcome a groin strain and Tim Harris is hopeful Tom Webb will have overcome a tight hamstring.
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