Despite starting the 2016/17 National League North season in blistering hot form, Gloucester City boss Tim Harris has said that his side can get better as the season progresses.\r\n\r\nWith Alfreton Town in Emirates FA Cup action at the weekend, the Tigers have a free Saturday and Harris, speaking to on Thursday, was keen to assess his side’s start to the season.\r\n\r\n”It’s early doors and we’ve got to be delighted with the way it’s gone” said Harris. “I mentioned last week that the FC United game was a big one for us and to go away from home and put in the performance that we did was very pleasing for everyone concerned.”\r\n\r\nWith such a young squad at his disposal, Harris was also keen to reiterate that his side couldn’t look past the next fixture each week.\r\n\r\n”We all know that we can’t get carried away” said Harris. “It’s a tough league with a lot of teams with high ambitions and resources. We can’t take our eye off the ball. We’ve just got to focus, do our homework and work extremely hard and that’s one of the reasons we’ve been successful so far this season.\r\n\r\n”It is sometimes difficult [to keep the players’ feet on the ground] because we’ve got a very young group. With youngsters sometimes they look like they’ve got no fear at all and all of a sudden when things go wrong they start looking for other people and it becomes tough.\r\n\r\n”The same goes for results; when they do well they think they’re invincible and then something happens and it brings them back down to Earth, but I’ve got a very good management team here so they don’t get away with anything!”\r\n\r\nAt stages, Harris has been less than pleased with some of the performances out on the pitch, and insists that his team are still capable of further development.\r\n\r\n”We need to improve” he said. “We can get better, and if we do that then who knows where it could end up this season.\r\n\r\n”However, we may be three points outside of the play-offs but I’ve still got to think of that bottom line at the foot of the table.\r\n\r\n”People might say that’s ridiculous given our performances and the results we’ve gained so far but we’ve only got to take our eye off the ball for a split second and we’ll come unstuck. We have to be pragmatic about it and look at each game as it comes.”\r\n\r\nCity travel to Alfreton Town on Tuesday night in their rearranged league game, and the Tigers boss says that they have done their homework on the Derbyshire side.\r\n\r\n”We’ve had the report on Alfreton so we know what they’re about” said Harris. “They’ve conceded 43 goals and scored 37 in 15 games so they’re very adventurous and like to get forward but they also leak a few goals at the back as well.\r\n\r\n”The one thing that has been highlighted is that they’re a big side, they’re very strong and very physical so we’re going to have to prepare right and try to get a good result on Tuesday night.”

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