www.gloucestercityafc.com caught up with Marc Richards ahead of today’s away league fixture against Welling United. 

Hi Marc, first off great result on Tuesday night away at Bristol Manor Farm in the Gloucestershire Senior Cup, with a somewhat experimental side and great to see some trialists put in a good performance. It was great to see Joe Parker get a goal and he always looked a threat and James Hamon got a clean sheet and looked more assured in goal. What were your thoughts on the game?

 “It was a good performance against Bristol Manor Farm. Always great to score some goals and keep a clean sheet. I thought Noah Smerdon was excellent and some of the other young players put in some assured performances. ” 

Noah Smerdon particularly looked good, will we get a chance to see him in the league or is this a season too soon? 

“Depending on how the rest of the season goes, it would be great to get Noah some game time at National League South level. I think he’s very capable at playing at this level even though he’s only 17.”   

The game did get a bit scrappy toward the end with Joe Parker picking up an injury. Can you give us an update on Joe?

“Joey took a strong knock to his throat and even though we’d already used all our subs, I had to take him off as a precaution. He’s made a good recovery and is available for selection for today’s game at Welling United. It’s also been great to get Spencer Hamilton back into training this week and also Jamie Edge isn’t far away from a return.”

Have we got an update on Harry William’s international clearance and will we see him in the squad for today? 

“After a lot of hard work behind the scenes, I’m happy to confirm we’ve now got Harry’s clearance and he’s available for selection.”  

We now turn our attentions back to the league, Welling United lie tenth and are coming off the back three consecutive wins, where are their strengths?

“Like you said, Welling are on the back of three straight wins so they’ll be going into this game full of confidence. We’ve done our due diligence on the opposition and they look a very good side. I’m happy where the squad is at the moment with competition in most positions now some of the lads are returning from injury and with the recent additions of Harry and Rhys.”

Gloucester City play Welling United away today at the Park View Road ground, kick off 15:00.

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