Gloucester City manager Tim Harris was pleased with his side’s pre-season victory over Malvern Town, but disappointed his side didn’t score more than twice on the night.
Goals from Edji Mbunga and a first in a Gloucester City shirt for Karnell Chambers saw the Tigers run out 2-0 winners in the serene setting of the Malvern Hills.
Harris, on the whole, noted his pleasure with the result and some of the performances on show from the Tigers younger players.
“I thought Malvern worked really hard and it was a good, competitive game. The only disappointing thing was that we didn’t take enough of the chances we had – in the first half we had about 10 attempts on goal and came in at 0-0.
“Nevertheless we kept plugging away and I thought a couple of the young lads especially did really well, the only disappointment there being Phil Clarke who pulled off a really good save and then popped his shoulder out.
“On the whole, though, I’m pleased with the effort and commitment shown by a lot of the younger lads.”
Edji Mbunga has now scored twice in the three pre-season games he has played for the Tigers but Harris still believes there is more to come from the former Birmingham City striker.
“That was Edji’s first 90 minutes for quite some time, so he was blowing a bit at the end but he’s a real threat” Harris said.
“He’s got a lot of pace and can get in behind but I don’t think we played to his strengths as much as we could have done, but the players learning what each other is about is all part of pre-season and I think there’s more to come from him.”
Also on the scoresheet was Karnell Chambers, who has re-joined the club after a brief spell out in Sweden.
“Karnell has got a lot of talent and he’s grown up a lot over the last 12 months” said Harris.
“The experience he gained at Cinderford last year and obviously going over to Sweden for a couple of months means he’s physically developed as well, there’s no doubt he’s got a great talent and I’m pleased he was on the scoresheet.”
Harris’ attention now turns to Newport County on Saturday 22 July as he prepares his side to face a club that he has both managed and played for in the past.
Despite his history with The Exiles, Harris insists that his focus will solely be on doing a professional job and making sure his side come away with a positive result.
“I’m really looking forward to the Newport game on Saturday now. I’ve known Mike Flynn [Newport manager] for many years and I’m absolutely delighted that towards the end of last year he did such a fantastic job at keeping them in the League, after a lot of hard work was taken to get them there.
“Pre-season is all about building and about preparation, which all leads up to when we go to Chelmsford on the 5 August we can select a side that we feel is going to do the job on the day.
“So no it won’t be an emotional game, perhaps if we played them in the FA Cup second or third round it might be a different story, but it will be nice to meet up with some old acquaintances once again and see some of their magnificent supporters again but at the end of the day it’s a job of work and we’ll be professional about it.”