Tim Harris says that he is looking forward to another appearance in the FA Cup this season as Gloucester City start their campaign on Saturday afternoon.
Hungerford Town are the visitors to the Jubilee Stadium in the Second Qualifying Round of the world’s oldest cup competition this Saturday, 15:00 kick-off.
Harris has had several memorable FA Cup moments throughout his career, including a 2nd Round appearance whilst manager of Cinderford Town, but is yet to manage the Tigers past the Fourth Qualifying Round.
“I’ve been fortunate enough as a manager to have some really great moments in the FA Cup” Harris said. “The exploits at Cinderford stick out as some of the best memories but what we wouldn’t give to have a good cup run this year.
“Everyone goes into the Cup and they’re all in the same boat, they want to have a good run. If you get on a good run it’s some more very welcome additional income to the club, especially for Gloucester City.
“It’s been a while since we had a really decent run in the Cup and why can’t this year be ours?”
Harris’ side have been drawn against Hungerford Town, also of the National League South for their first foray into the FA Cup this year, a side that they have already beaten in the league.
“Whilst it’s true that we’ve already beaten them this season, we were made to work very hard for it that day and we’ll have to do the same come Saturday.
“It all comes down to the desire of the players to take hold of the situation. We’re aware that they’re a tough opponent but I know that our players will give it the best shot they can.”
When mentioning desire, Harris alluded to the attitude and professionalism shown by Joe Parker this season, who is the Tigers top goalscorer with four goals to his name.
“I can’t praise Joe enough for what he’s doing this year” said Harris. “He is developing as a footballer by the day and is working extremely hard to improve his game, and that doesn’t just include at training.
“The work he is putting in away from what we’re giving him is incredible and it shows. We have a great group of players who are all as honest as the day’s long, and if they all put in the amount of effort and extra work that Joe is then we’d be a force to be reckoned with.”
Harris also sang the praises of Karnell Chambers, whilst adding that Adam Page has been recalled from his loan spell by Cheltenham Town.
“Karnell has been a bit of a pocket dynamo when he’s played” he said. “Granted he hasn’t really had a major chance yet since coming back from injury, but sooner or later he will be knocking on my door.
“Adam Page has been recalled from his loan spell, and it’s unfortunate we haven’t been able to give him the game time he needs.
“The lad has lots of ability and has been out of the game for a while with injury, but he’s a great lad with a lot of quality and sometimes these things don’t work out but if the opportunity is there to get him again I’d take it.”
Harris will cast a further look at Spencer Hamilton at training on Thursday evening, after the centre back went off injured on Saturday against Havant and Waterlooville.