Gloucester City manager Tim Harris is hoping for a positive reaction from his side after they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Chippenham Town on Tuesday night.

The Tigers host Havant & Waterlooville at the Jubilee Stadium on Saturday (15:00 kick-off) in the first of a double header, with Hampton & Richmond the visitors on Monday night.

City could be boosted by the return of Kieran Parselle and Lewis Hall, with both defenders returning to training this week.

“Lewis and Kieran trained really well last night” said Harris. “Saturday might be too early for Lewis to come straight back into it but we’re really pleased with his progression and we’re certainly looking at him being involved on Monday.

“In terms of Saturday though, we know Havant are a big, strong side that have been putting in some good performances, but we’re ready for the challenge as we always are.”

Harris’ side didn’t have the greatest of starts to the season, but since then they have picked up 12 points in their last five games, something the Tigers’ manager was not expecting.

“If you’d have said to me five games ago you’re going to pick up 12 points from your next five games then I would have been more than happy to take that.

“We’ve played a lot of games of football and the season only started five weeks ago. By the time Monday’s game has finished we would have played 11 games in five weeks.

“If you’re not on it all the time you’ll struggle to get results like we have and it’s difficult to get consistency over such a short period of time with so many games.

“It’s not an excuse as it’s the same for everybody but it really is quite ludicrous the amount of football that these part-time footballers have to play.”

Ed Williams didn’t train on Thursday evening due to illness, but Tom Webb is back and available for selection.


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