Date: Saturday 25 March 2017
Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham
Admission: Adults £13, Concessions (65+, NUS), 12 and under free
Gloucester City will look to back-up their impressive away victory at Halifax Town when hosting Alfreton on Saturday, writes Joshua Slack.
The Tigers come into this one in a good vein of form having been unbeaten in their last three, including two wins away from home against Halifax Town and Bradford Park Avenue respectively. City also drew with Harrogate at home during that time leaving them seven points off an elusive play-off spot.
The visitors come into this one in mixed form having won twice in their last five encounters. During that time The Reds have picked up victories against FC United of Manchester and Halifax Town, but they’ve also suffered defeats to Kidderminster Harriers, Chorley, and were on the back-end of a thrashing against Curzon Ashton – losing 5-0.
27 year-old goalkeeper Jasbir Singh was excellent in City’s previous outing in the 1-0 away win at Halifax Town, and there’s no doubt about his superb shot-stopping ability. He’s made the number one spot his own, and he’ll be key between now and the end of the season as Tim Harris’ men target a play-off spot.
The visitors have the ever-reliable Craig Westcarr up front. Wherever he goes he scores goals, and the 32 year-old former Nottingham Forest man will be looking to add to his tally of 13 goals in 29 appearances when travelling to Whaddon Road on Saturday.
Head To Head
There have been seven meetings between these two sides. City have won twice, drawn twice, and lost three times to The Reds. The first meeting between the two sides ended in victory for today’s visitors.
But recently it’s City who’ve been getting the better of Alfreton, and The Tigers are unbeaten in four, including two wins and two draws. The last time The Reds prevailed was in the 2010/2011 season when they thrashed City 4-0 at the Impact Arena.
Chris Knowles is back in contention for a place in the starting XI, alongside new loan signing Louis McGrory who joined on transfer deadline day from Forest Green Rovers until the end of the season.
Tom Webb is a doubt for the game and will likely face a fitness test before kick-off.
Darren Mullings remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, alongside other long term absentee Ethan Moore.