A youthful Cheltenham Town side knocked out a much-changed Gloucester City from the Gloucestershire Senior Cup at the First Round stage.\r\n\r\nA late strike from Adam Powell secured the victory for the Robins after Charlie Griffin’s poked effort had cancelled out Bobbie Dale’s second minute lob.\r\n\r\nThe small bonus for Tigers boss Tim Harris being that the competition won’t sidetrack his main aim of retaining the club’s place in the Skrill North.\r\n\r\nPlayed in front of a meagre crowd at Evesham United’s Jubilee Stadium, the Robins started with a bang after Dale lobbed City keeper Mike Green after a little over a minute after a free-kick had been pumped forward.\r\n\r\nThe bobbly surface made for an unattractive opening, after the goal, with the only real efforts coming from the head of Griffin.\r\n\r\nStriker Dale created an opportunity after slaloming through the City defence but the shot was lacking any real power.\r\n\r\nThe best chance of the half for Harris’ men fell to the veteran striker Griffin but his strong header blazed wide after a teasing corner from Lewis Hogg.\r\n\r\nThe second half didn’t lend itself to a more appealing contest as the Tigers searched for an equaliser through Connor Waldon, but the Swindon Town loanee’s header sailed wide.\r\n\r\nJoseph Hanks tested Green shortly after but his snapshot was comfortably stopped.\r\n\r\nA teasing delivery from Marcus Giglio to Griffin forced an equaliser for the Tigers with the big forward muscling the ball past Harvey Rivers.\r\n\r\nBut, the Football League outfit struck back with Powell smashing the ball past Green and sealing a quarter-final match against Forest Green Rovers.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, M. Green (Mustoe 61), M. Giglio, M. Rose, M. Roome, C. Waldon, L. Hogg, S. Rawlings, L. Binns (Parker 45), C. Griffin, M. Groves\r\n\r\nSubs not used: N. Phillips, B. Jones, T. Webb\r\n\r\nGoals:  Griffin 69\r\n\r\nCheltenham Town: H. Rivers, C. Chaddock, J. Bowen, J. Hanks, S. Hamilton, E. Keightley, J. Lawrence (D. Reynolds 86), A.Powell, B. Dale, H. Williams, E.Williams\r\n\r\nSubs not used: H. Reynolds, K. Whitehead, J. Goodwin, Z. Kirkpatrick\r\n\r\nGoals: Dale 2, Powell 76\r\n\r\nAttendance: 97

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