It’s been a rough start to the festive period for Gloucester City with points hard to come by being followed by crashing out of the FA Trophy on Tuesday, writes club commentator, Ollie Williams.\r\n\r\nI’ll be honest, I’ve not been at the club as long as most, but it’s safe to say the club is in a bleak phase at the moment.\r\n\r\nIn an honest chat with Tim Harris following the FA Trophy exit, it was clear to see how distraught the manager was, with the situation on and off the pitch putting more and more pressure on us all.\r\n\r\nAs manager, Tim has to be the key figure at the club. It’s not like all most other managers as he’s got so many things to deal with before even thinking of selecting a team to run out on a Saturday afternoon, and so credit to him and the backroom staff for their attempts to steady the ship in this chaotic storm.\r\n\r\nIf you’ve not been down to Whaddon Road in recent weeks, you won’t have seen the huge effort put in by those at the club, even our own chairman Mike Dunstan OBE grabbing a pitch fork to get things running smoothly, you don’t see it often enough in football, but the club does seem to have it’s sense of community, something that can be completed once the Tigers return home.\r\n\r\nThe Trophy is a money spinner, and a great chance to reach Wembley, with league rivals North Ferriby United winning the competition last year. The first round could have seen us face Cheltenham Town of course, sadly it wasn’t the case having gone down 1-0 to Chelmsford.\r\n\r\nThis weekend we travel to Brackley, where we look to get things back on track with no wins since beating Corby Town over a month ago.\r\n\r\nThe away form has been decent, with points taken from Solihull and Tamworth in recent times, a great credit to the side.\r\n\r\nThe performances haven’ been great, where we’ve struggled to break teams down and quite simply not scored goals, something Tim spoke to me about.\r\n\r\nWith superb finishers in Jonte Smith and Obi Anoruo, it’s puzzling to see us failing to find the net. Although perhaps it’s as simple as not playing Connor Thompson (who is on loan at Cirencester), who has win ratio of 44% in the side from nine matches, with Ross Staley (also on loan with Shortwood United) the highest with 50%, although he’s played just twice!\r\n\r\nWe’ll have plenty of coverage to bring you, as part of our Severn Sport partnership and since I’ve joined the club, I, alongside Kelsey De Maria have been trying to bring you as much away commentary, where we have been on the road with the mic a few times already.\r\n\r\nSadly I won’t be here for the derby against Worcester as I’m back in North Wales, but I’ll be leaving you in the capable hands of those from Severn Sport, as well as our cameraman Dan, who in his own words “makes me look good”.\r\n\r\nIt’ll be a change of pace for me on Boxing Day, where I will man the mic at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground on the PA system for approximately 4,000 people, wish me luck!\r\n\r\nWhat a way to kick off December in the league than a win on the road this Saturday, we’ve got some great results on our travels already, so why not tomorrow?\r\n\r\n@OllieWills01

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