Out of the cup and no league wins in six, things aren’t looking too bright as the clocks step back for winter, writes club commentator, Ollie Williams.\r\n\r\nPerhaps on the face of it, recent weeks for the club haven’t been it’s best, however around the club is growing, the squad is shaping up and we’ve seen that the kids are doing just fine.\r\n\r\nI look at the squad and do wonder how City haven’t got more points on the board, with experienced goal scorers at the forefront of the side. Jonté Smith for me is one of the best players I’ve seen play in the yellow and black in my time down in the South West.\r\n\r\nThe strikers’ strength and technical ability is streets above the competition, and is a real pleasure to watch, and that’s without mentioning a terrific strike against Kidlington in the FA Cup.\r\n\r\nWith the mutual termination of Mike Symons contract, it leaves more chance for the likes of Obi Anoruo to come into the side, and potentially play him alongside Smith if Tim Harris toys with the formation and tries a new approach. I’m a fan of the big-man-little-man combo, and can see them both working well, especially with the finishing ability both possess.\r\n\r\nAt the back, captain Matt Williams and Sam Avery are solid, as are the full-backs’, whilst the midfield has depth, although of course one or two have been loaned out.\r\n\r\nAll in all for me, the quality is there, it’s just getting the rub of the green, which the youth side seem to possess.\r\n\r\nThey managed a victory over Cirencester in the FA Youth Cup and now take on Bristol Rovers, with the chance to face a tie against the club I supported as a child and still do so now, Portsmouth.\r\n\r\nA win over Rovers would be a massive achievement, and for me, to see the royal blue of Pompey come up against the Tigers would be an enjoyable, albeit strange evening, I won’t be saying anything in regards to who I want to win, as I know the other side will slaughter me, so it’s a case of hush hush.\r\n\r\nGoing into the sides match with Corby tomorrow, a side we’ve played already once this year, losing 3-1 at Steel Park.\r\n\r\nHowever, the Steelmen are second from bottom with a point separating the two sides, if both are still struggling come April, this could prove to be a massive three points for the winner, the carrot is certainly there for each outfit.\r\n\r\nFor City, we enjoy having the presence of a Bermudan international with the ability to score goals, but my man to watch for Corby would be Spencer Weir-Daley, capped twice for Montserrat. The forward has an exceptional goal scoring record, with 66 league goals for Boston United over two spells totalling just over 150 appearances. He joined Corby in 2014, and certainly kept up his reputation.\r\n\r\nCertainly one of my favourite things about non-league is the random international players rocking up at the likes of sides in the Evo-Stick Northern Premier Division. I once use to report on and speak to Dave Artell, formerly of Northampton and Crewe, who out of the blue played for Gibraltar, and continued to do so with Welsh Premier club Bala Town.\r\n\r\nIt’s all part of the rich tapestry that is non-league, and this weekend there’s plenty more to come, so make sure to head down to Whaddon Road tomorrow to see if Tim Harris’ side can break their misfortunate run.\r\n\r\nCatch highlights on the clubs YouTube channel as well as interviews with the manager.\r\n\r\nEnjoy the game.\r\n\r\[email protected]

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