Gloucester City manager Tim Harris says that picking up six points over the Bank Holiday weekend would really kick-start his side’s season.
The Tigers have four points on the board after their opening five games, picking up their first win last Saturday against Hemel Hempstead Town.
Going into the double header, City travel to Hungerford Town on Saturday before welcoming Bath City to the Jubilee Stadium on Monday, with Harris excited about the two tests.
“We’re looking forward to the next two games” he said. “When you get one win it gives you confidence and we know all too well how that snowballs after last season.
“We have to be on it Saturday though, Hungerford have just lost their manager to Wealdstone but we can only worry about ourselves.
Bobby Wilkinson left Hungerford after their defeat last weekend and is already in place as manager of Wealdstone.
Jon Boardman and Ian Herring have taken over management duties at Bullpit Lane, and Harris insists that his side’s preparation will be thorough.
“Our match preparation will be focused and determined as it always is, and we need to just worry about ourselves and eliminate the mistakes we have been making that have hindered us so far.
“We are fully aware what the opposition are about but we can really put our season on track with a couple of wins over the Bank Holiday.
“As a team we can’t affect what the other team are doing until we are out there on Saturday, and it will be a couple of fresh challenges this weekend but ones that we are relishing.”
The Tigers have struggled to re-find their free-scoring form of the 2016/17 early season, having only found the net four times so far this campaign.
Despite his striker corps failing to find the back of the net so far this season, Harris has absolutely no concerns with the way they are working.
“Ethan Moore and Joe Parker are both putting in tremendous amounts of effort, staying late after training to put in extra shifts to improve themselves. They both have great attitudes” he said.
Harris continued, stating “Ethan doesn’t need to prove anything, I know what he can do and we’re really pleased with his progress.
“It’s the same with Joe, he has been really unlucky so far but has showed great work ethic in all the games he’s played, but sometimes as a striker you get unlucky and that’s just the way it goes.”
The Tigers will renew acquaintances with last season’s top goalscorer Luke Hopper, who joined Hungerford Town in the summer and Harris went on record praising the striker.
“Luke was fantastic for us last year and whilst it was very disappointing to lose him, I have no axe to grind with him. He is a smashing lad with great character and I hope he does well for Hungerford, but after Saturday!”
There are no short term injury worries for Harris’ side, with Lewis Hall (hamstring) and Chris Knowles (knee) the only longstanding injuries.
Edji Mbunga has joined Cinderford Town on loan in order to get some game time, with Harris adding “It’s important that he gets minutes under his belt; he’s done really well since coming to us but it’s difficult for him to force into the side if he hasn’t played a lot.”