Gloucester City manager Tim Harris emphasised that he won’t be changing the way his side does things as the final four games of the 2016/17 season approach.

The Tigers currently sit 10th in the Vanarama National League North, having already surpassed their best ever points total at this level.

However, Harris was keen to stress that his squad would not abandon what they’ve set out to do since the campaign started back in August.

“We’re not going to change our philosophy or our principles” said Harris. “We’re going to keep doing what we’ve done all season and hopefully the quality within this group of players can continue and we can finish the season by blowing away our previous record points tally for this division.”

Harris’ side welcome Stalybridge Celtic to Whaddon Road on Saturday and the gaffer knows that the Celts will provide stern opposition having won their last three games.

“We’ve said all season that every game is tough” said Harris. “Stalybridge are literally the proverbial “fighting for their lives” team just like we have been doing for the last six or seven years.

“If anybody should know what they’re going to be like then we should because it’s what we’ve done.”

“To get 12 points on the board in the final four games will be a tough task. Everyone is capable of beating everybody else in this league like we know and we’ve got some tough games, none tougher than the in-form Stalybridge on Saturday.”

Once the current season ends, the focus then turns to the job of keeping the current squad together for the 2017/18 campaign.

“I’ve no doubt that many of the players will be attracting interest from other clubs because of how well they’ve done” Harris admitted.

“I do feel though that the majority of this group really need another year of football at this level. That’s no disrespect to anybody, but it won’t be easy for them to go up and maintain a regular starting place in the National League. There’s still a lot to learn for this group of players and they’ve just got to be careful.

“We’ve got a fantastic togetherness and I think the fans can see the closeness of the players and who knows what another 12 months might bring for this group of players.

“That’s not to mention how that time will bring us closer to returning to Meadow Park. Once that happens I’m sure that we can really take this club forwards.”

There is some positive injury news for the Tigers, as Darren Mullings resumed training earlier this week following a dislocated shoulder sustained at Bradford Park Avenue.

“Darren trained on Tuesday night and he will again this evening and we’ll see how he is after but hopefully he will be involved in the squad over the Easter weekend.

“Jack Deaman is suspended following his sending off last weekend in the latter stages so he won’t be involved.

“We’ve got Spencer Hamilton, Ed Williams and James Fitzgibbon – who has been out on loan – they have all played for the England students team this week so we hope they’ll be okay and be in the squad.”

The Tigers host Stalybridge Celtic at Whaddon Road on Saturday 15 April. Admission prices are £13 Adults, £7 Concessions and 12 & under are admitted free of charge. There is no charge for car parking at the ground.

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