Gloucester City manager Tim Harris still believes there is a lot more to come from his team, noting that his side aren’t playing up to their full ability quite yet.
Tim Harris takes his Tigers side to St Albans on Saturday on a good run of form, having picked up three wins on the trot, with the most recent coming on Monday afternoon against Bath City.
St Albans have won six of their first seven games and sit second in the National League South table, but Harris said his side are fully prepared for the task and he knows there is more to come from his side.
“We’ve not played particularly well in most of our games up to this point but we’ve stopped conceding stupid goals and long may that continue” Harris said.
“When you eliminate silly mistakes that gives you a platform to perform on. Don’t get me wrong I think we’ve done really well in parts of games but we’ve not been consistent over 90 minutes in any. The best 90 minutes we played was probably against Hemel Hempstead when Hanksy [Joe Hanks] scored a late winner and the lads deserved it.
“We know there’s a lot to come from this group and we know we’re not firing on all cylinders and it’s easy to make excuses with the number of games everybody’s played but we’ve got four more games in two weeks so there’s no rest for it.”
The Tigers have played seven games in August so far and have picked up a few knocks along the way.
Kieran Parselle did not train on Thursday night, suffering from a tight groin picked up on Monday against Bath City.
“We’ll make a decision on Kieran on Friday night/Saturday morning and if he isn’t ready then we’ve just got to suck it up and get on with it.
“The amount of games we’ve played so far in such short period of time is ridiculous for semi-professional players. If you’ve got injuries and knocks at the start of the season it’s very difficult.
“Take Lewis Hall who got injured in the last pre-season game and by the time he’s back he’ll have missed 10 games which seems ludicrous at this stage but that’s football and you’ve got to deal with it.”
Joe Hanks is unavailable for Saturday’s game, but Reece King will return to the side having missed the last two games.
“It’s something we knew about with Hanksy, he’s an important part of this squad and has been for some time. It’s frustrating now though because we kept an unchanged side for the last three games and they were settled but now we have to change it.
“But it gives somebody else an opportunity, whether that’s Reece King or Adam Page we’ll make a decision based on what gives us the best chance of getting three points.”
Page is yet to make an appearance for the Tigers since joining on loan from Cheltenham Town, but Harris has been impressed with him since he linked up with the squad.
“I’d liken him as a bit like Luke Thomas, he’s got some great ability. He probably isn’t as dynamic as Luke but I haven’t seen him in a game yet but there’s no doubt about it the lad has got some really good ability.
“I’m sure that when he gets his opportunity, whether that’s Saturday or Tuesday, we’ll see what he’s all about.”
Lewis Hall is progressing well in his recovery from a pulled hamstring and is expected to be back in less than two weeks.
Chris Knowles is also on his way to fully recovering from an operation in the summer and is likely another four weeks away from resuming full training.