Nicky Forster is urging fans to keep up their “fantastic” support and boost the crowd to help the team overcome Bath.*BF*

Forster told “There were mixed reviews about the fans from different quarters when I joined. From my point of view they’ve been fantastic.

“They’re vital to the survival of the club. We want them all to bring a friend with them and double the crowd because we need them. 

“They were fantastic and in full voice again at Bromley and they get behind the team, especially at home so it may be a rallying cry from me to come down and see us because we’re doing alright at the moment and they’re a key part.”

Regarding the tie against Bath, Fozzy said: “We know about them, we’ve done our homework on them. One thing we are starting to do is really learning about the opposition. If we can be prepared going into every game then it gives us a better chance.

“We’re on a good run, we’ve got good momentum. We don’t fear anyone at the moment.”

Meanwhile, former Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent that he is keen to avoid a repeat of last season and hopes his Gillingham side do not face non-league opposition in the first round draw.

He said: “I’m not watching it. I remember watching the draw last year, there were a lot of negatives around. This year we’re a lot better but we’d like to avoid non-league clubs.

“It’s very difficult to play against them, especially at home, they all raise their game, they come back to bite you on the backside.”

For Nicky Forster, the first round draw remains a long and unpredictable 90 minutes away. His side will be confident following a run of five wins and one draw since he came to the club but are the underdogs against Blue Square Bet Premier opposition.