Gloucester City defender Spencer Hamilton says that he has been pleased with his recent run of performances, adding that the team are really starting to get to grips with a new league.
Hamilton, 21, has been ever-present for City and has played every minute of every game of the 2017/18 National League South season so far.
The centre-half, who joined City in the summer of 2014, notes how pleased he has been with his own personal game and the team’s as well.
“Personally I think I’ve done quite well” he said. “At the end of the day if you’re playing well you’re likely to pick up points and that’s what we’ve done over the last three games.
“That’s really only the main thing that matters and we’re starting to pick up now. We all know what we’re doing and what our jobs are and it all comes together eventually.”
City were moved across from the National League North to the South to accommodate the more Northern teams and as such, the Tigers had a whole different style of football to adapt to, Hamilton says.
“I’m quite pleased with how I’ve defended in one-on-one situations. In the North they play a lot of football but in the South we’ve played teams that have been a lot more direct.
“I think I’ve dealt with that transition quite well and I’m pleased with myself in how I’ve fared battling with strikers, especially on Monday against Bath having to play against four different forwards across 90 minutes.
“St Albans will be a different challenge, they’ve won six out of seven so it’ll be another tough test but I’m sure myself and the boys will do well and rise up to it.”
When Hamilton joined City in 2014 he found first team opportunities limited, spending some time on loan at Cinderford Town.
In 2015/16 and 2016/17 though, Hamilton broke through into the side and now he has cemented his place in Tim Harris’ match day team.
“I’ve been here three and a bit years now and this season the personal goal was cementing a place in the starting XI which I’ve done having played all the games so far so personally I’m very pleased with that” said Hamilton.
“It’s important now that I can build on my performances in the last three games where I think I’ve performed well, so it’s vital that we all keep doing what we’re doing and keep picking up points to get where we want to be.
“Towards the end of last season I got a run of games under my belt and played quite well so it was important for me to carry that form forward into this season.”
City finished last season in 10th in the National League North, their best ever finish in that league. Having kept most of that squad, Hamilton gave his thoughts on what the Tigers aims should be this year.
“I think there’s no doubt we’ve got the quality to push as high as possible” he said. “Every team starts with aiming for the play-offs and looking at how we started the season you wouldn’t have thought we should be going for that.
“But now we’re getting to grips with what we’ve got to do in this league to win games and put teams away so as long as we keep doing that who knows where we’re going to end up.”
The Tigers travel to St. Albans City tomorrow looking to pick up their fourth win in a row, whereas the hosts will be aiming for their seventh win from their first eight matches.