Date: Saturday, 29th August 2015\r\n\r\nCompetition: Vanarama National League North\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 3pm\r\n\r\nLocation: Whaddon Road, Cheltenham\r\n\r\nFollowing last week’s battling 1-0 loss away to Boston United, Gloucester City welcome the winless AFC Telford United to Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\nTelford come into the game off the back of three consecutive losses, having picked up just 1 point in their first 4 games. However, manager Tim Harris is under no illusions to the challenge the Bucks will bring to Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\n“They’re all tough games, we’ve said that right from the outset. If we can compete and we can take our chances then we’ll be ok.”\r\n\r\nThe opponents: \r\n\r\nThe club were formed following the demise of Telford United F.C., due to a series of mounting debts accrued by the former chairman’s other business interests caused the old club to collapse.\r\n\r\nLee Carter, formerly head of the old clubs’ supporters association, was instrumental, with the support of the newly formed Supporters’ Trust, in establishing a community focused, run and owned club to serve the community and learn from the mistakes and mismanagement of the old regime.\r\n\r\nBernard McNally was installed as the manager as the team embarked on their first ever season in the Northern Premier League Division One, after a triple-relegation due to the old club’s insolvency.\r\n\r\nIn their first season in the Northern Premier Division, the club began with indifferent form, with a lack of consistency leaving them in mid-table and out of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy.\r\n\r\nHowever, following a 1–0 away defeat at Willenhall Town on 30 December 2004, the side didn’t lose another league game all season, challenging for the title before eventually finishing third place, three points behind the champions North Ferriby United.\r\n\r\nMidway through their second season Telford were second from bottom in the league, leading to the removal of manager McNally, to be replaced by Sean Parrish as caretaker.\r\n\r\nResults improved immediately, and the side were unbeaten under Parrish’s guidance. On Thursday 16th February Rob Smith was announced as the club’s new manager, assisted by Larry Chambers.\r\n\r\nA third consecutive finish in a playoff position meant that Telford faced Alfreton Town in the first leg of the 2008–9 Conference North Semi-final Playoffs on 29 April, a game which they subsequently won 2–0, thanks to goals by Emeka Nwadike and Danny Carey Bertram.\r\n\r\nThe second leg was played on 3 May with Telford losing 4–3 but securing a 5–4 aggregate victory and a place in the playoff final against Gateshead on 8th May.\r\n\r\nThe play-off final against was played at Gateshead due to them finishing in a higher league position than Telford. Gateshead went on to win the match 1–0 with a goal coming in the last 10 minutes of the game after Telford had fullback Lee Vaughan sent off only a few minutes before.\r\n\r\nTelford finished second in the 2010–11 Conference North and qualified for the play-offs. After beating Nuneaton Town 3–2 on aggregate in the semi-final they won the final against Guiseley 3–2, Phil Trainer scoring an injury-time winner.\r\n\r\nAs a result, A.F.C. Telford United played the 2011–12 in the Conference National, the last division that the club’s previous incarnation had competed in.\r\n\r\nTelford were relegated from the National in 2012-13, before being promoted as champions in 2013-14. However another season of turmoil in 2014-15 saw the club relegated back to the National League North.\r\n\r\nTeam news: \r\n\r\nObi Anoruo (leg) has been declared fit for the fixture, after he missed the trip to Boston United after aggravating a knock against Alfreton Town.\r\n\r\nMike Green (groin) is struggling and faces a fitness test to determine if he will play or not.\r\n\r\nSpencer Hamilton’s suspension has been rescinded so he is available for selection.\r\n\r\nTom Webb (Mangotsfield) and Sammie Hicks (Shortwood United) will not be allowed to play in their loan club’s FA Cup ties this weekend so as to keep them available for City.
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