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Can Fleet tame the Tigers in Trophy?

Fleet’s reward for beating Bromley is another home cup tie – against Gloucester City in the FA Trophy First Round.

The Skrill North side, managed by former Bristol Rovers player Dave Mehew, sit 21st in the league table. But they have been going well in the cups, having beaten Havant & Waterlooville on their way to the FA Cup First Round this season, where they lost to League Two high-flyers Fleetwood Town. Their Trophy progress also came courtesy of another Skrill South side, as they won 1-0 at Boreham Wood on Saturday.

The Tigers have led something of a nomadic existence since being regular opponents of the Fleet’s in the Southern League and currently groundshare with Football League side Cheltenham Town.

This will be the clubs’ first-ever meeting in a cup tie but they have faced each other more than 50 times down the years, the last a 3-1 defeat for the Fleet in Gloucester in 1997. The Tigers have a much better record in the head-to-head, having won 29 times against the Fleet’s 12.

The clubs’ best-known link is probably striker Steve Portway, who signed for Gloucester from the Fleet for £17,500 in 1994 after two record-breaking seasons at Stonebridge Road in which he scored more than 120 goals.

The tie will take place on 30 November, kick-off 3.00pm.

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