Gloucester City boss Tim Harris said that his players must embrace the occasion when Kidderminster Harriers visit Whaddon Road tomorrow afternoon.
With a large away following expected, the club is confident that it will surpass our highest attendance of the season of 795 when FC United of Manchester were the visitors.
“You have two options when there’s a larger crowd than usual” Harris said. “You can either be fearful of it, or you can embrace it and it’s what we told the lads when we went to Halifax.
“The lads have to embrace the occasion and play with a fire in their belly and a cool head. If they do that and play with the qualities they’ve shown all season then it should be an absolute cracking game for everyone that turns up and watches.”
With the Tigers set to finish in best ever season in the National League North at the end of the month, Harris issued one final rallying call to the people of Gloucester.
“We’re very hopeful that the people in Gloucester who have not seen us play yet but have heard good things about how we’ve done this season will be there and supporting us.
“Kidderminster are bringing a large contingent down and we’ve got to match them on and off the pitch.”
Harris’ side are currently on an unbeaten run that stretches back six games and in that time they have picked up some impressive wins over Halifax and Alfreton Town, so naturally Harris is feeling the confidence in the changing room.
“There’s an air of confidence about us, without being arrogant about it, that we’re going to go and hopefully put in a fantastic performance and get some revenge for the 3-0 defeat we suffered at their place where, to be fair, they played very well.
“We’re going to go into the game full of confidence on the back of what is a good run of form and add to that the late equaliser on Tuesday night from Sam Avery so yeah, we’re all looking forward to it.”
Following a man of the match performance by debutant Reece King on Tuesday night at Nuneaton, Harris was keen to reiterate that there should be no getting carried away.
“As I said on Tuesday night it was Reece’s first 90 minutes at this level and he acquitted himself really well.
“We’re not expecting him to perform miracles week in, week out. It’s something we’ve got to be careful of and not push him too much and too soon; we can’t afford to get carried away.”
The Tigers boss is hopeful of having Tom Webb and Chris Knowles available for selection after the former didn’t play on Tuesday night, with the latter coming off with a knock after 60 minutes.
“Saturday is another, different test though and we’re hoping we can have Tom Webb back who will give us our inspiration and leadership as our captain and the experience that goes with having someone like Webby in the squad.
Chris Knowles came off after an hour or so to protect a tight groin and if he comes through training we’re going to have some good selection problems.”
Kick-off at Whaddon Road is 15:00, arrangements for the game can be found here.