Shaymen looking to get in the groove for Cup

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As the Shaymen prepare for what they hope will be a great knockout occasion against Charlton they return to the scene of one of their worst.

It is actually not quite the scene because Gloucester City now share a ground with Cheltenham Town.

But back in February 1997, John Carroll took his Town side to Gloucester City who at that time were in the Dr Marten’s League.

One long punt downfield and they were behind, and they went on to lose 3-0.

It was one day in a season of woe which was only alleviated when Carroll was sent packing by the board and George Mulhall took over. The rest is history.

Tomorrow, the Shaymen go in search of league points to boost their confidence - and position in the table - ahead of the game with the League One Addicks.

The Shaymen are 12th in Blue Square North just four points outside the play offs.

And their recent record of three wins and a draw in the last five shows the improvement in form from the opening weeks of the campaign.

Throw in a couple of FA Cup wins and the form was good enough to give boss Neil Aspin the manager of the month award for October.

Gloucester are three places, and four points, worse off than Town going into the game and their league form this season has been very disappointing.

They have won just twice - 4-0 against Blyth Spartans in the league on home soil, and 3-2 at Hinckley.

Their last league game ended in a 1-0 defeat at Solihull Moors while they also lost 3-2 at Bishop’s Stortford.

Gloucester know where the goal is judging by their 7-2 win over Truro in the FA Cup third qualifying round.

But on Tuesday they went out of the competition 1-0 at home to Chelmsford in a fourth qualifying replay and Town can heap more misery on them tomorrow.