Tim Harris says that he won’t be taking anything for granted when Whitehawk visit the Jubilee Stadium this Saturday.
Whitehawk are currently the only team in the National League South without a win this season and sit at the foot of the league table.
However, the Hawks have earned credible draws against St. Alban’s City, Bath City and Braintree Town so far this season, and Harris is under no illusions that his side won’t have a tough game on their hands.
“As we’ve already seen in this league, anyone can beat anyone” said Harris. “They may not have won this season, but they’ve been in a lot of close games.
“They lost 1-0 at Weston recently where we had them watched and they really should have had something out of that game.
“They have Steve King at the helm who is a very good manager and I’m led to believe they’re putting a bit of money in to get them out of the position they’re in so it won’t be easy.”
Harris, who takes charge of his 300th competitive game at the helm of Gloucester City on Saturday, has praised his side’s performances in recent weeks.
The Tigers have been on the road in their last two outings, picking up four points from an available six after a win at Poole Town and a draw at Concord Rangers last weekend.
“I’ve said it a few times now but if we can show the same commitment and desire we have in the last few games and we can finish some more of the chances we’ve created, we will be a problem for a lot of teams” Harris said.
“Obviously one of the problems we’ve had is our home form and that’s something we really need to improve on.
“We had good wins against Hemel Hempstead and Bath City at home but other than that we’ve only picked up two additional points at Evesham.
“At the end of the day it’s a football pitch just like every other stadium in the league, granted our away form has been better and we need to find a consistency in our results whether it’s at Evesham or Eastbourne.”
Harris will be boosted by the return of Ethan Moore to the squad on Saturday after his loan at Evesham United expired, with the gaffer delighted with how the time at the Robins has gone for Moore.
“Ethan has played nearly 20 games now this season after coming back from his ACL tear and before he went out on loan, he did reasonably well for us without scoring” Harris said.
“He played a really big part in some of those wins we had during our purple patch despite not finding the net, so we sent him away, he’s in a better place now and he’s come back to us firing.”
Spencer Hamilton is close to a return from a knee injury that has kept him out for over six weeks so far, although Ed Williams is struggling with a slight knock on his ankle and will face a fitness test before the game.
Military personnel are entitled to FREE entry for tomorrow’s game upon production of a valid form of ID – other admission prices remain the same.