Cheltenham Town video: New man Lawson D'Ath in line for FA Cup action
LOAN midfielder Lawson D'Ath has been cleared to play for Cheltenham Town in their FA Cup first-round tie against Yate Town on Saturday.
The 19-year-old announced his arrival with a wonderful opening goal in Saturday's 3-0 home victory over Exeter City.
Parent club Reading are happy for him to take part against the non-Leaguers – the joint lowest ranked team left in the competition.
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D'Ath's only first-team experience for the Royals was as a late substitute in an FA Cup tie against Stevenage last January.
Reading lost that match 1-0 and D'Ath will be hoping for a more positive result against Yate, who operate four divisions below the Robins.
The news is a fillip for boss Mark Yates, with Darren Carter not expected to be available due to a hamstring injury.
D'Ath has already said he would like to extend his time at Cheltenham beyond the initial month. He admitted he could not have wished for a better start to his Robins career.
"It was a great start for me and great to get a goal, but I thought all the boys were terrific," D'Ath said.
"We all played well, kept a clean sheet and thoroughly deserved the win."
D'Ath's goal came after a smart exchange of passes with Darryl Duffy, followed by a strong run and an expert finish.
"I was going to run in behind, but I checked back and Steve Elliott played it up to me," he said.
"I guessed Duffy would be there and I got the touch through and managed to get my toe to it. It wasn't a bad finish."
D'Ath spent the second half of last season with League One Yeovil Town, scoring once in 12 starts.
After one League Two outing, D'Ath said the pace of the game was not as quick as tier three, but he was highly impressed with the quality in Cheltenham's team.
"I think we can do really well this season," he said.
"Exeter are a decent side and look what we've done to them – we can go all the way."
Yates asked Reading about D'Ath in the summer and when the Robins came calling again last week, D'Ath said he had no hesitation in making the move west.
"The most important thing for me is first-team football against men, which I had at Yeovil last season and I want to keep that going," he said.
"The lads have been terrific and the banter seems good, so I am looking forward to the next game and hopefully I can score some more goals."
â Cheltenham Town's youth team take on Maidenhead in the first round of the FA Youth Cup at the Abbey Business Stadium this evening (7.45pm).