Yate manager Rob Cousins looks ahead to FA Cup third qualifying round tie against Gloucester City
ROB COUSINS insists Yate Town have been inspired by their FA Cup run last year with the first round proper in their sights once again.
Although only five members of the squad that reached that stage of the competition with the club less than 12 months ago remain, including manager Cousins and his assistant Michael Meaker, the Bluebells have claimed shock wins over Chippenham Town and Bideford in previous rounds this season to put themselves two wins away from repeating that achievement.
Yate hope to add Conference North side Gloucester City to their growing list of FA Cup scalps in the third qualifying round tie at Lodge Road on Saturday (3pm), with Cousins admitting the success of the previous squad has acted as a motivation for his new-look side.
“A number of them had read about it when we tried to sell the club to get them at Yate,” he said.
“We put it in their heads about the run last year and it’s nice reading articles about other teams who look to us for inspiration. We’re a new team and we’ve got to think that way as well.
“Anything is possible in the FA Cup. There are always teams that go on runs so why can’t it be us.
“The first round is close again this year and as long as we’ve got a chance we’ll give it a go. We want to have no regrets and it’s a game we are looking forward to.
“We will go in as underdogs which seems to be the theme of our cup runs this year and last year. We want to give a good account of ourselves. They’re playing in a higher league, but as long as we’ve got a good chance we’ll give it a go.”
Cousins is wary of the threat posed by several familiar faces in the Gloucester City ranks.
Matt Groves and Scott Wilson swapped the Bluebells for the Tigers in the summer, while striker Darren Edwards also had a successful spell at Yate before plying his trade in the Conference with Bath City and now Gloucester.
Cousins is also pals with the likes of Lewis Hogg, Matt Coupe and Gloucester boss Dave Mehew, who lives in Frampton Cotterell.
Groves rose to prominence in Yate’s cup run last season, scoring superb individual goals at Lodge Road and Rodney Parade as they knocked out Newport County, and Cousins admitted he expected to lose him.
He said: “We thought he might go higher. There was talk of him going on trial at Bristol Rovers. It would’ve been very difficult to have kept him knowing that he was more than capable of playing at a higher level.
“The (Gloucester) front line of Darren Edwards, Matt Groves and Scott Wilson have all done well at Yate Town in the past and all want to come back and put one over on us.”
If the game is drawn, the replay will take place at Cheltenham Town’s Abbey Business Stadium on Wednesday night.
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