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Cheltenham ready for Everton test

Cheltenham Town are preparing for their second FA Cup tie against Premier League opponents in a year.

Last season they drew Tottenham Hotspur away in the third round and on Monday evening they'll host Everton at the same stage of the competition.

It will be a big earner for the League Two club, but as our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth reports, they believe they're in with a sporting chance:

Parking warning ahead of FA Cup match at Whaddon Road

Supporters going to the Cheltenham Town v Everton FA Cup match at Whaddon Road on Monday are being warned of potential parking issues.

Tickets for the match are sold out and there will be no public parking at Cheltenham Town Football Club. The Club will provide a free park-and-ride service from the racecourse to Whaddon Road both before and after the game.

It’s anticipated that the spaces in the local area that are usually used by supporters will also be unavailable, so supporters are encouraged to make use of the free bus service.

More details on the buses can be found here.


Police act to stop racism at Cheltenham FA Cup clash

Police are working to prevent any racist incidents at Cheltenham's match with Hereford United on Monday. A large crowd is expected for the FA Cup second round game at Whaddon Road.

We will be there on Monday to assist the club in ensuring a safe and enjoyable match. We expect the majority of supporters from both sides will enjoy the game and not engage in any form of offensive or abusive behaviour but we are taking action to prevent a small number from spoiling the match for everyone else.

– Superintendent Rob Priddy, Gloucestershire Police

It comes as officers issued a 17 year old boy from Ross-on-Wye with an £80 fine after he admitted using his Twitter account to try to encourage fans to sing a racist chant. The boy has since apologised.

Superintendent Rob Priddy says the force, with the support of Cheltenham Town Football Club, will work to identify people or groups engaging in racist chanting.

Where we have evidence to support an arrest we will do so and the individual risks not only a criminal prosecution but also a Football Banning Order, which would last for a minimum of three years.

– Superintendent Rob Priddy, Gloucestershire Police


Yate's greatest victory: full report

Yate Town achieved their greatest-ever victory last night as they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time ever. They beat Newport in extra time - a club 88 places above them in non-league football.

All the more remarkable considering they're at the bottom of their league and most of the players have other jobs. Chris Spittles reports.

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