(From Kent Online) History beckons for Ebbsfleet in their FA Cup first round replay at Cheltenham on Tuesday night.

Fleet haven’t reached the second round since 2003/04, when they were still Gravesend & Northfleet.

And it’s 23 years since they knocked out a Football League side – Colchester United – on the way to play Aston Villa in round three.

Fleet held Cheltenham to a goalless draw at Stonebridge Road 10 days ago and the tie must be settled tonight (Tuesday).

The League 2 strugglers are odds-on to go through but Ebbsfleet manager Garry Hill insists his National League side are more than good enough to cause an upset away from home.

He said: “It is where it is. It’s not a concern to me.

“Cheltenham are favourites and they’re the League club so they should be going through but I don’t think there’s much between the two sides.

“In the situation where we are, there’s a lot at stake for both clubs financially and the big incentive of being one round away from a glamour third-round tie.

“We’ll go there positive.”

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