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Gill's trip down memory lane

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: November 08, 2008

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Local knowledge and fond FA Cup memories should ensure Jerry Gill is invaluable to Forest Green at Team Bath tomorrow (3pm).

Without a win in 11 league games, Rovers look like prime upset material ahead of the first-round showdown against the university side at Twerton Park.

Their form in knockout competitions has been more encouraging, however, and Tuesday night's extra-time victory over Oxford United in the Setanta Shield has lifted morale.

Player-coach Gill is under no illusions about the danger posed by the Students, who are among the play-off contenders in Blue Square South.

But he is confident of getting the right result at a ground he knows well from his days as a Bath City player in the early 1990s.

"I can remember playing right midfield for Bath when we knocked out Hereford United in front of the live Sky cameras at Twerton Park," said the 38-year-old.

"That was a great day, and it will be nice to go back, but it proves what can happen in the FA Cup and I'll be telling the lads all about it.

"It's a really tough tie, and we know from watching Team Bath that they will be full of energy and fancying themselves to beat us.

"But it could have been tougher and it's a real opportunity to pocket £20,000 for the club and be in the hat for the second round."

Alex Lawless (hamstring) is Forest Green's biggest injury doubt, with John Hardiker (groin) and Chris Thomas (ankle) expected to be fit after picking up knocks against Oxford.

Paul Stonehouse returns after suspension and a calf strain, leaving only Mark Preece, Curtis McDonald and Ben Ashford on the sidelines

Only founded in 2000, Team Bath are able to lure talented young players from professional football thanks to outstanding facilities and coaching at the city's university.

Admission to Twerton Park tomorrow costs £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 only for students.

FOREST GREEN (FROM): R. Robinson, J. Gill, C. Thomas, D. Jones, J. Hardiker, D. Kempson, L. Molyneaux, P. Stonehouse, A. Lawless, L. Fowler, J. Smith, S. Clist, A. Rigoglioso, C. Platt, A. Mangan, K. Mohamed, T. Burton.

l FOREST GREEN have been drawn at home to Blue Square Premier rivals Torquay United in the fourth round of the Setanta Shield.

The tie will be played at the New Lawn on Tuesday, December 2, kicking off at 7.45pm.

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