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Bristol City to play Bristol Rovers in JPT

Ties to be played in the first week of September.

Bristol City have been drawn against local rivals Bristol Rovers in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

It will be the first time the two sides have met competitively since 2007 - when Rovers knocked City out of the same competition in the two-legged area final.

England debutant Rickie Lambert scored the goal at the Memorial Stadium to send Rovers through to the final in Cardiff 1-0 on aggregate.

Cheltenham Town also have a West Country derby as they've been drawn at home to Plymouth Argyle - their opponents at Whaddon Road this afternoon.

Swindon Town received a 'bye' into the next round.

The games will be played in the first week of September.


Cureton joins Cheltenham

Exeter's Jamie Cureton has signed a one year contract with Cheltenham Town Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Jamie Cureton has this afternoon signed a one year contract with Cheltenham Town FC. The 37-year-old striker will leave Exeter at the end of his current contract, joining his new team for pre-season training on 27 June. Manager Mark Yates is pleased to have made his first summer signing.

"I'm delighted we have been able to bring Jamie in. We saw what he can do last season and he scored 23 goals for Exeter which is a really good return so hopefully he can do something similar for us. We are hoping that his experience can play a key role too".

Cheltenham man bailed in racist tweets enquiry

A 25 year old Cheltenham man who was arrested following a police operation investigating alleged racists tweets to Northampton Town footballers has now been bailed to return to Cheltenham Police Station on May 22, pending further enquiries.

The incident follows the League Two Play Off semi final between Cheltenham Town and Northampton

Cheltenham man arrested for alleged racists tweets

A 25 year old man from Cheltenham has been arrested after two police forces began a joint investigation into alleged racists tweets towards Northampton Town footballers.

Gloucestershire Police and Northamptonshire Police launched their inquiry yesterday following the play off semi final between Cheltenham Town and Northampton.

The man was arrested under the malicious communications act. He was subsequently also arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence of intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress.

He remains in police custody in Cheltenham today pending further inquiries.


Cheltenham fans upbeat despite semi-final defeat

Cheltenham Town have missed out on a Wembley final after losing their play-off semi-final with Northampton.

The Robins were 1-0 down after the first leg, so needed to score twice at Whaddon Road. They created many chances, but couldn't find the net.

Northampton goalkeeper Lee Nicholls was Man of the Match with a string of great saves, including a 15th minute penalty stop from Marlon Pack.

After the game, Cheltenham fans remained upbeat despite missing out on a second successive Wembley appearance:

Cheltenham miss out on Wembley final

Marlon Pack missed a 15th minute penalty for Cheltenham. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Cheltenham Town have missed out on a Wembley final after losing the second leg of their play-off semi-final with Northampton.

Already trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Cheltenham knew they had to score twice.

It was a frantic start to the game, and things looked good for the hosts when the referee awarded a 15th minute penalty after Russell Penn was brought down in the box. But Marlon Pack's spot kick was superbly saved by Lee Nicholls.

In the 27th minute, Northampton scored with their first real attack of the evening. It was a stunning volley from the edge of the area by Luke Guttridge which dipped beyond Scott Brown.

The Robins tried desperately for a goal. Kaid Mohamed's header crashed against the bar, and goalkeeper Nicholls pulled off several more good saves to earn his side a Wembley date with Bradford City on May 18th.

Northampton Town's Ben Harding (left) and Cheltenham Town's Russell Penn (right) battle for the ball. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport
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