As always www.gloucestercityafc.com spoke to Marc Richards on the eve of our Saturday fixture. This week, we entertain Concord Rangers at the Jubilee Stadium.
Hi Marc, so a good week last week with a great away win from home, how has that affected the mood in training all week?
“Well obviously, it’s great to get the away win especially in the fashion we did with a 92nd minute winner. It was well deserved but we did make it hard for ourselves and Welling almost came away with a point if it wasn’t for the goal line clearance. However, we fought hard, and we were good value for the win and the positivity off the back of that result has been brilliant, the atmosphere on the team bus back from the game, all the way through training this week. It’s good for confidence but we’ve still got a long way to go.”
We’ve had some injury concerns over the past couple of weeks, have you got an update around Spencer Hamilton and the others and when we can see them back in contention?
“Spence has trained two full sessions now and got 30 mins under his belt at Hartpury. Jamie Edge is back in full training and Kieran Thomas picked up a little knock to his foot, hence his substitution at Welling but it’s been x rayed and isn’t broken so that’s good news.”
Having beaten Welling last week, confidence is good at the moment and we’ve seen a bit more media attention paid to Gloucester City after that win, how do you remain focused?
“Well as I said, despite the positivity and everything else going on, we’ve got to remember, it’s just one win. But it was a win that was deserved as our performances have warranted that result. We’ve just got to cut out the silly mistakes and stop gifting the opposition goals and remember that there is a long way to go in this season still. Due to our postponed games we’ve now got something like 6 games in 17 days which is a hectic schedule, especially in the National League where players have got to balance full time jobs with training and fixtures, but it is a chance for us to put points on the board in a short space of time.”
Concord have come off the back of a loss last weekend with two wins prior to that, do you expect a bit of a back lash from their defeat last week and where do you see their main threats?
“As always, we’ve done our due diligence and Concord are a good side, they’ve got strength in their attack and the wide areas. Having spoken to Macca at Weston Super Mare who they played last weekend, we believe that we’ve got enough to neutralise that attack and can implement our game plan.”
Gloucester City face Concord Rangers at the Jubilee Stadium, kick off 15:00.