Gloucester City travel to Chippenham Town this evening in the National League South, as the Tigers look to claim their fifth win in a row.
City started their first campaign in the South tangent of the second tier of non-league football with only one point in their first four games.
However, victory in their last four games has seen the Tigers fans and players grow in confidence with manager Tim Harris excited about another challenge this evening.
“We’re all looking forward to this evening” Harris said. “It’s been a few years since we played Chippenham but it will be nice to renew acquaintances with them tonight.
“I’ve seen them play against Bath City already this season and they put five goals past them that day so we know it will be tough.
“They’ve got two very lively strikers in David Pratt and Andy Sandell but we’ve done our research and we know it’ll be a tough game so we’ll see what happens.”
Harris is buoyed by the potential return of Joe Hanks to the team, with the midfielder available for selection once again after missing the Tigers victory at St. Alban’s City on Saturday.
Also missing out on Saturday was Kieran Parselle, meaning Spencer Hamilton was given the nod to play at left back, and Harris was full of praise for the defender.
“Spencer has been outstanding for us so far this season and he wears the shirt with pride,” Harris said.
“He is committed to the cause and when we had an injury to Kieran, Spencer came straight over to the bench and said he’d play at left-back.
“He is still young, but he is developing into a very good footballER and is an integral part of our squad. He is a manager’s dream.”
Yesterday saw the Tigers drawn against Hungerford Town in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup in an all-National League South tie.
“It could’ve been a better tie but it could’ve been worse” said Harris. “It will be one of those games, they’ve done alright since they sorted out their management situation and we’re expecting another tough game.
“Every year we want to have a good cup run because it gives everyone an incentive. In order to do that though, we need to apply ourselves as we’re under no illusions it’ll be an easy task.”