www.gloucestercityafc.com spoke to manager Marc Richards ahead of today’s game against Chippenham Town
Hi Marc, so it’s been three weeks now since the team has played due to last weeks fixture being postponed. Last time we spoke, you told us that a few knocks had been picked up, how are those injuries and can we expect to see a full strength squad on Saturday?
“Well yes it’s been a while but mostly we’re in good shape. Spencer Hamilton is still struggling but should be back to full training in the next few weeks, Jamie Edge is in doubt with a little niggle in his medial ligament but everyone else is ok and raring to go.”
The results last weekend went very much in our way, with our closest rivals at the bottom end dropping points. Do you think that this places added pressure on to these next few fixtures with an opportunity to get points to take us clear of the bottom three?
“I don’t think there’s any added pressure, we’re aware of other results of course but we’re just focused on doing our work and taking each game one match at a time.”
We also now have a bit of a fixture pile up due to rearranged games. Being involved in football as long as you have as a player and now a manager, do you see it a positive to have games in quick succession?
“Yes, as long as the squad stay fit, but obviously we’ve got some long away trips coming up which are difficult when you’ve got to balance training and a full time job in there as well, but these are the things that you deal with and work around as a National League player. We have some tough fixtures coming up, this league is very competitive, but what it does do is give us the chance, as long as we continue playing the football we can, of putting together a decent run and get some points on the board in a short amount of time.”
We also have two games in hand on some of our closest rivals at the bottom, how does this affect your preparation as a team, do you see this as motivation as our fate is very much in our own hands?
“As I said before, we approach each game the same, we train, work to our own strengths and implement our game plan as best we can. This league really is very competitive and any team on their day can beat the opposition regardless of league position.”
Next up of course is Chippenham Town, what are your thoughts on the opposition? Have you been to see them play and where do you see their main threats?
“Last week’s postponement gave me and Will the chance to go and see them play against Dartford and they are a very good side. I thought they were the better team on the day and possibly deserved to get more than the draw. Once again, we have our game plan and have worked hard in training this week so I have every confidence if we perform like I know we are capable of performing, we’ll get a result.”
The last question on all the fans lips is new personnel, we’ve seen Rhys Kavanagh join on loan from Bristol Rovers, can we expect to see any more new faces?
“It’s great that we’ve been able to bring Rhys in, we’ve got a lot of games in the next month so he gives us that extra bit of squad depth. We know he’s a natural finisher and has come in to bolster our attacking options. He trained well with the team Thursday and will be in the squad today to face Chippenham.”
Gloucester City face Chippenham Town at the Jubilee Stadium, Kick off 15:00.