Gloucester City have been in scintillatingĀ goal-scoring form so far this season and it shows, as they are ranked as the 18th top scoring team in the English Football Pyramid from Steps 1-6.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers have scored an impressive 37 goals in 19 league games, almost reaching their total for the entirety of last season with more than half the campaign left to run.\r\n\r\nOne of the key reasons for the Tigers red-hot form has been the prowess of their attacking line, most notably Luke Hopper, who already has five times as many goals in the league as he netted last season, with three more in other competitions to add to his tally.\r\n\r\nHopper, giving his thoughts on the side’s scoring accomplishments this season, says it isn’t all down to just him to lead the line and score the goals.\r\n\r\n”I think you have to look at the way we have set up to play this year and how this has really helped us going forward” he said. “We are creating a lot more chances as the season goes on and on the whole we are dominating larger periods of games.”\r\n\r\nThe Tigers struggled with finding the back of the net last season, only scoring 39 times in the National League North. However, the saving grace was one of the best defences in the league, as the back line kept the opposition out no fewer than 12 times.\r\n\r\nHopper believes that the team’s struggles to score often last year has spurred the team on to better themselves this season.\r\n\r\n”The way we played last year is definitely a factor” said Hopper. “Last year we were obviously a lot more solid at the back than at the front and we kept a lot of clean sheets.\r\n\r\n”Obviously though we created fewer opportunities going forward so that’s something we’ve had to work hard on and focus on this season and so far it’s worked.”\r\n\r\nHaving joined the Tigers from Swindon Supermarine as their top scorer midway through the 2015/16 season scoring 15 league goals, Hopper feels that this year he has elevated his game to the next level.\r\n\r\n”I think that this season is up there with the best I’ve played in my career” he said. “Personally I feel I’ve improved my overall game in a number of key areas, and that’s down to the coaching really.\r\n\r\n”I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is the some of the best coaching I’ve had and everything is done in such a professional manner which also helps.”\r\n\r\nHopper points to the experience of Craig Reid as having helped him push himself even further on this season.\r\n\r\n”When you look at someone like Reidy, he’s always looking to help out the other strikers with little bits of advice here and there, which is all down to his experience really.\r\n\r\n”Myself and the other forwards have done a few striker sessions with him and we’ve all found them massively beneficial but also enjoyable at the same time.”\r\n\r\n 

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