Date: Monday 28 December 2015\r\n\r\nCompetition: Vanarama National League North\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 15:00\r\n\r\nLocation: The New Bucks Head, Telford\r\n\r\nGloucester City will look to avenge their first defeat to Worcester City in four years when they make the short journey to AFC Telford United on Bank Holiday Monday.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers were sunk by a late Deon Burton header after Joe Parker saw red just ten minutes from the end in a game that looked certain to be heading for a goalless draw.\r\n\r\nThe result saw City fall to second bottom in the Vanarama National League North, with only their opponents Telford below them.\r\n\r\nHowever, the Tigers will be confident heading into the match having won the home fixture 1-0 thanks to a Joe Hanks free kick.\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\nSpencer Hamilton is struggling with illness and a knock, so Mike Green will come back in following a long lay-off.\r\n\r\nJames Bowen is unlikely to feature due to a concussion sustained against Worcester.\r\n\r\nFemi Orenuga is still struggling with a hamstring injury and has been receiving treatment at Leyton Orient. We would like to thank Orient for assisting us with his recovering.\r\n\r\nMatt Rose and Marc Richards will not be in the technical area as they will both be at Richards’ wedding.\r\n\r\nEveryone at Gloucester City wishes Marc and Sarah all the best with their impending nuptials.\r\n\r\nNeil Mustoe will be assisting Tim Harris on the sideline and we are grateful for Mustoe stepping in, following his superb work with the Under 18s.

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