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Cheltenham Town Loan Watch: FA Cup Draw

Weston-super-Mare have drawn Bath City at home in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round. This means that Cheltenham Town loanees Matt Bower and Tom Smith could be facing up against each other in the oldest cup competition in English football. It’ll certainly prove to be an interesting clash as the two sides are close rivals and will both be eager to progress in the competition.

Defender Matt Bower joined up with Marc McGregor’s side back in August and went straight into the side to face Oxford City at home. The 19-year-old put in a solid performance in a 1-1 draw which has earned him a consistent place in the starting line-up since joining. The 6’6” giant of a defender scored a towering header against Salisbury in the second round of qualifying which also earned him the man of the match award.

It’s almost certain that we’ll see the big man featuring for The Seagulls and he could play a huge part in trying to keep a clean sheet at Woodspring.

In September Tom Smith moved to familiar surroundings in Bath City after he spent all of the 2017/18 season there on loan from his previous parent club Swindon Town. The League Two side released the 20-year-old during the summer and Cheltenham Town snatched him up on a free. Last season the midfielder scored 10 goals in 27 appearances and is now back to link up with ex-Cheltenham Town player Jerry Gill at Twerton Park.

 

So far this season Smith has made three appearances, one from the bench in his first game against Banbury United and two starts against Welling United and Lewes FC. Bath beat Lewes 3-0 away from home and the Cheltenham Town loanee managed to grab himself a goal in the decisive victory.

Both players should feature in this tie and it’ll be interesting to see who’ll come out on top. The Robins fans should be delighted that both of their youth prospects are getting so much game time whilst out on loan.

The date for this fixture has yet to be confirmed.

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