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Monday, November 15, 1999 Published at 16:01 GMT

Sport: Rugby Union

Gloucester face west-country clash

The Gloucester-Bath clash will be the highlight of the Cup so far

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Gloucester and Bath have been drawn against each other in the fourth round of the Tetley's Bitter Cup.

The clubs have a well-chronicled history of hard-fought matches, and there promises to be little festive spirit when the two sides meet early in the new year.

[ image: The clash promises to be a hard fought affair]
The clash promises to be a hard fought affair
Gloucester captain Kingsley Jones welcomed the prospect of tackling Bath at Kingsholm.

"The big thing for us is we are at home," Jones said.

"It is a great fixture that will capture the imagination, although it comes at a difficult time given that we've got two league matches in four days over Christmas leading up to the cup tie.

"Bath are a great cup side and are performing well in the league at the moment, and I am sure that tickets are going to pretty scarce for this one."

The derby is one of only two all top-flight matches in the draw, with Saracens travelling to Bedford.

Eighteen teams from outside Allied Dunbar Premiership One who have qualified through earlier rounds have received mixed fortunes in the draw.

Northern Division outfit Darlington Mowden Park, unbeaten in last year's North East Division, seem to have missed the chance of a big pay-day against one of rugby's big names.

But they have been rewarded with home advantage against Jewson One side Rosslyn Park.

Jewson Two (North) side Nuneaton have been drawn in a money-spinning tie with Premiership runners-up Northampton, while London part-timers Thurrock will not have far to travel when they visit the Stoop to face Harlequins.

The RFU have given fourth-round byes to cup-holders Wasps and Premiership champions Leicester to ensure their place in the last 16 without a ball being kicked.

Tetley's Bitter Cup fourth Round draw

London Welsh v Exeter
Bristol v Henley
Gloucester v Bath
Manchester v Nottingham
Newcastle Falcons v Moseley
Bedford v Saracens
Coventry v Bracknell
Birmingham Solihull v New Brighton
Worcester v London Irish
Leeds Tykes v Sale
Northampton v Nuneaton
Orrell v Rugby Lions
Darlington Mowden Park v Rosslyn Park
Harlequins v Thurrock

Leicester and Wasps given bye to fifth round.

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