Gloucester City forward Zack Kotwica says that he thrived in front of a vociferous crowd at Broadhurst Park in the Tigers 4-2 win over FC United of Manchester.\r\n\r\nKotwica turned in a man of the match performance in front of the 2,499 in attendance, with two goals and an assist as the Tigers rallied from going a goal down inside 90 seconds.\r\n\r\n“Playing in front of a big crowd like that just means that there are more people there for you to impress” Kotwica told\r\n\r\n“It’s always good to get on the scoresheet as a striker of course. I got two goals and to be fair I should have scored more, but the most important thing is the win.\r\n\r\n“[FC United of Manchester] is a hard place to go. You’re up against it with the crowd and going 1-0 down early doors didn’t help, but to come back and win 4-2 was a great result.”\r\n\r\nThe former Cheltenham Town forward has experience with bigger crowds though, having played for the Robins in the Football League, but Kotwica says it’s not just him that enjoys the big stage.\r\n\r\n“Not just myself but as a team we all thrive in front of a massive crowd like that. On a personal level though, scoring twice in front of that many people makes the result that much better!”\r\n\r\nThe win leaves the Tigers sat in 6th place in the National League North table, with a game in hand over every team above them in the play-off places.\r\n\r\nA remarkable achievement that may be, Kotwica says that the Tigers aren’t rushing into things.\r\n\r\n“That result has put us right up there” Kotwica said. “We aren’t a big club compared to some of the teams around us, but to be up there and in the hunt for the play-off race is really good for Gloucester City.\r\n\r\n“We don’t want to rush into things though and start giving it large! We’ll keep doing what we’re doing and win by win hopefully we’ll be up there come the end of the season.”\r\n\r\nHaving played most of his career to date as a winger, Kotwica has been moved more central this season by Tim Harris, but the forward says that he has adapted well and is enjoying his new position.\r\n\r\n“In fairness I haven’t had to adapt a whole lot because when I was very young I played as a striker so I know what the position is all about” he said.\r\n\r\n“When I turned pro and started rising through the ranks I switched to a winger, and playing up front is totally different to playing on the wing but I like it.\r\n\r\n“You get in on the goals a lot more and I’m scoring a fair bit this season so I’m happy! I always like to set myself a target of 10 goals a season when I’m playing week in, week out so hopefully I can reach that this year.”

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