Gloucester City travel to Poole Town this Saturday with Tim Harris in good spirits ahead of the visit to the Dorset coast.
The Tigers have only picked up two points in their last six outings, but the performances have warranted more than that haul of points.
With Poole sat one place below Harris’ men in the National League South table and with some good team showings over the last couple of weeks, Harris is optimistic of a better turnaround in fortunes this weekend.
“We’ve got to make sure we keep up the work ethic to the same level as last Saturday” he said.
“If we can go to Poole and put in the same standard of performance, hopefully the conditions will be different as well, then sooner or later it’ll happen for us.
“To be honest, we haven’t really played that well compared to what I know we’re capable of. We can’t have all the possession and chances and not score, two draws in six games isn’t good enough.”
In the National League North last season, Harris’ side went on a long run without picking up any points, during which confidence was visibly low amongst the team.
With results not going the Tigers’ way recently, it would be easy to assume that something similar would occur this year, but Harris says he hasn’t seen any major problems.
“Prior to last Saturday the mood was definitely down, but the lads were still confident in their own abilities” he said.
“When you’re struggling and put in committed performances, that can hold you in good stead, we can’t sugar coat it when we aren’t winning, but the general atmosphere is quite good.
“As expected one or two have struggled to adjust from last year in the new division but you can’t make excuses.”
Harris will be boosted by the return of Joe Hanks to the squad this weekend, although Chris Knowles will miss out due to personal reasons. Zack Kotwica will also be unavailable, after making a loan switch to Salisbury.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Zack” said Harris. “The lad has got so much talent and I don’t think even he realises it. I felt he’s been coasting a bit after last season.
“With a lot of our players, and Zack is no different, you need to work hard, graft and make sacrifices. I had a good chat with him last night and it’s a good club to go to, I want him to rip it up I really do.
“On another note I was absolutely delighted to see Ethan scoring for Evesham against Kidlington last night, we’re going let him play against Mangotsfield and Yate before bringing him back and we can’t wait for him to return.”