Make it a Cup carnival – City boss Mehew
HELP us enjoy our afternoon and we'll set you up for an evening of celebration, that's the message from Gloucester City manager Dave Mehew to what he hopes will be a huge throng of travelling Tigers.
City head to Yate Town tomorrow for a crunch FA Cup third qualifying round tie that could see them move to within one win of a second successive season in the competition proper.
Boss Mehew is desperate for the club to put up a strong performance both on and off the pitch at Lodge Road and has made a rallying cry to the club's supporters.
Mehew remembers a huge travelling number making the short trip south in 2007 when Jack Pitcher bagged all five goals in a thumping 5-1 first qualifying round victory, and he wants more of the same.
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"There was a great turnout when we went there last time in the Cup, I went to watch Yate play on Tuesday and a few of the people I spoke to that night were talking about that game," Mehew said.
"We had 200-odd there for that game and it would be great for us to go and do that again and make it a real cup tie atmosphere.
"If they can enjoy their afternoon, we have then got to make sure that they enjoy their evening. If we can take a good number down, making good noise then it can be like a home game for us."
But while strong support would be an advantage, Mehew knows his side have to put in a strong performance despite the two division gap between the sides.
Yate enjoyed a record-breaking run to the first-round proper last season, defeating promotion bound Conference Premier club Newport County en route to a 3-0 defeat at Cheltenham Town.
Relieved to have progressed past Havant and Waterlooville after a replay, Mehew knows that his side were afforded a rare second chance in that tie.
"We have got to learn from the Havant game, because we didn't turn up to that and got lucky. Four or five of our youngsters froze on the day, there's no other word for it," he said.
"The senior players got them through to get that second chance and we cannot afford for that to happen again. There will be no second chances this time around.
"Cup football doesn't give you that second bite of the cherry, there's always another league game for you to rectify things. But if we don't perform tomorrow, our Cup run will be over."
Winger Matt Groves, who swapped Yate for City in the summer, will return to the squad for the game after missing last weekend's 4-1 defeat at Skrill North leaders Hednesford Town.
Lewis Hogg and Darren Edwards also missed out at Keys Park but should return, while full-back Mike Green is still a doubt.