Yate Town v Gloucester City
The FA Cup with Budweiser
Third Round Qualifying
3pm, Saturday 12 October 2013
Winning clubs receive £7500 from The FA's prize fund
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By Declan Taylor
The FA Cup has already thrown up an early story with Gloucester City's Scott Wilson sent to face former club Yate Town - and his flat-mate Tom Seery.
Wilson enjoyed a prolific spell on loan at Yate last season but, with the choice of staying there permanently or going back to Gloucester, the striker decided to fight for his place back at his parent club.
And, as fate would have it, he will be back at Yate earlier than expected when the two sides clash in the Third Round Qualifying at Lodge Round on Saturday.
Wilson told TheFA.com: "I was saying before the draw how I wanted to get Yate. When we got them I was made up. I'm looking forward to going back and seeing some old faces."
And there will be one particularly familiar face waiting for the striker - Yate's centre-back Seery, a close friend who he currently lives with.
Wilson added: "Of course I know a lot of the lads there from my time there - but I know Tom very well. We've just been having a laugh about it.
"It's going to be interesting going up against him and hopefully I come out on top."
Conference North side Gloucester, who beat Havant and Waterlooville 3-2 in their Second Round Qualifying replay last month, play two levels above Yate and will be the favourites this weekend.
And with a burning desire to get back into the professional game, it was the opportunity to play at a higher level with Gloucester that prompted Wilson to draw a line under his time with Yate.
The 20-year-old was invited for a six-week trial with Bristol Rovers last season after his blistering form for Yate - but failed to secure a deal.
But now the rapid frontman, who was released by Bristol City as an 18-year-old, hopes The FA Cup can provide him with the perfect platform to get a second chance.
He said: "Being at Rovers was a good experience but it was just gutting not to get anything at the end of it.
"I feel ready now - if another team comes along now I will take the chance with both hands.
"The FA Cup is the perfect platform for me to get back with the pros. You can get a lot of recognition playing and scoring in big games against big teams.
"People will start looking at you and in The FA Cup anything can happen."
Wilson also joked that The Cup may give him a chance to show Bristol's two clubs what they missed out on.
He added: "I have always said that if we do make it the First Round, I want to get Bristol Rovers - beat them and then get City in the Second Round. Maybe I'm asking too much!"
Yate Town v Gloucester City
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