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FA Cup: Gillingham will be playing against Slough Town on a 3G pitch this Sunday

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham’s FA Cup opponents play on a 3G surface – but boss Steve Lovell doesn’t see that as a problem.

Lovell's men have been preparing for the second round trip to Slough Town by training on an artificial surface this week.

Gillingham boss Steve Lovell is prepared for a change of surface this weekend Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham boss Steve Lovell is prepared for a change of surface this weekend Picture: Ady Kerry

The Gills manager said: "They might be used to it but it’s a football pitch. It will be flat and we will be able to pass the ball around and it should suit us.

“We will just work towards it and go and play the same as we can do. We always take the game to teams.”

Gillingham’s match was moved to Sunday to be part of BBC’s highlights show. The match against the mid-table National League South side kicks off at 2pm.

The winners will be ball number 64 in Monday night's draw, when the 20 qualifying clubs from round two are put in hat along with the 44 clubs from the Premier League and the Championship.

Gillingham will be without suspended Callum Reilly at Slough and captain Gabriel Zakuani is also likely to be missing.

Gabriel Zakuani is helped off at Bristol Rovers Picture: Ady Kerry
Gabriel Zakuani is helped off at Bristol Rovers Picture: Ady Kerry

Centre-back Zakuani limped off in the first half of Tuesday’s win at Bristol Rovers with a back injury, while midfielder Reilly was shown a straight red card for a high challenge midway through the second.

Despite the absentees, boss Steve Lovell believes they are well equipped to cope.

Lovell said: “I don’t think (Gaby’s injury) is too bad but I thought Bradley Garmston went on and had a great game at left-back and Connor Ogilvie was brilliant at centre-half.

“We are getting everyone back fit and we have a squad. We have Dean Parrett, Brandon Hanlan and Regan Charles-Cook to come back into it as well, and Josh Rees.

“We are getting everyone back fit and that puts competition on places.”

Midfielder Parrett was missing with a dead leg which he picked up in last weekend’s game against Luton. He’s expected to be fit for Slough, while Regan Charles-Cook is also set to return after fatigue.

“It is a nice position to be in,” Lovell added.

Meanwhile, three of Gillingham’s youngsters have agreed month long youth loan deals.

Henry Woods recently made his Gills first team debut, against Crawley Town in the Checkatrade Trophy Picture: Ady Kerry
Henry Woods recently made his Gills first team debut, against Crawley Town in the Checkatrade Trophy Picture: Ady Kerry

Danny Divine and Henry Woods have both joined Sittingbourne and are set to make their debuts against VCD on Saturday.

Defender Jack Tucker has moved to Hastings United, who like Sittingbourne play in Bostik South East..

All three deals run until December 31.

Divine has recently returned back from injury, having dislocated his shoulder in the pre-season game at Sheppey.

Woods made his first team debut in the match against Crawley Town in the Checkatrade Trophy while Tucker has already made a handful of appearances for the senior side.

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