November 3, 2012
Robins missing Carter
Cheltenham will be without experienced midfielder Darren Carter for the visit of Yate Town in the FA Cup first round.
The meeting with the Evostik League Southern South & West Division side comes too soon for the former Birmingham man who missed Saturday's emphatic 3-0 victory over Exeter at Whaddon Road.
Reading loanee Lawson D'Ath, who marked his Robins debut with a goal against the Grecians, has been given the green light by his parent club to feature and manager Mark Yates is likely to name a strong line-up.
"Of course we would love to have another run in this competition and we are taking it seriously,'' he told Cheltenham's official website. "I will be fielding a strong team. I may make a few changes but it will be as strong as we can possibly get it.
"The FA Cup did wonders for this club last season. Getting to White Hart Lane in the third round to play Tottenham helped so much off the pitch. It enabled us to bring in Jermaine McGlashan and it created a feelgood factor for everyone involved with the club.''
Yate Town manager Rob Cousins is missing the suspended Ollie Barnes.
The defender will miss his club's first appearance at this stage of the competition as he serves a one-match suspension for picking up five yellow cards.
Otherwise Cousins has a fully-fit squad to pick from for the trip.
The Bluebells currently sit bottom of their league, 111 places beneath their npower League Two opponents.
Despite notching up just one win in their opening seven league games, Yate beat Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Newport in the fourth qualifying round, winning their replay 3-1 after extra time to book their place in the first round proper.