Date: Saturday 5 December\r\n\r\nCompetition: Vanarama National League North\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 15:00\r\n\r\nLocation: St. James’ Park, Brackley\r\n\r\nGloucester City will look to get back to winning ways as they make the relatively short trip to Brackley Town on Saturday.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers have only won once in their last five league matches, a 1-0 home win over strugglers Corby Town, follow by two draws and two losses in alternate following weeks.\r\n\r\nAway from the league, City missed out on a mouthwatering FA Trophy clash with Cheltenham Town after going down 1-0 at home to Chelmsford City on Tuesday night.\r\n\r\nBoss Tim Harris acknowledged how disappointing it was to miss out on the first competitive meeting between the two sides for 18 years.\r\n\r\n”Tuesday was a terrible result for us,” Harris said. “Everybody knew what was at stake, but we’ve missed out.\r\n\r\n”All I can do now is be strong for the football club, the people who work so hard and especially for the supporters and apologise that we haven’t got that dream tie that we all wanted.”\r\n\r\nBrackley sit just one place ahead of the Tigers due to goal difference but City have only won once away from home all season, a 1-0 defeat of Nuneaton Town.\r\n\r\nThe opponents:\r\n\r\nBrackley Town F.C. was formed in 1890 and were initially a prominent side in the area, but fell away, with most of the period before the Second World War being spent in the Oxfordshire Senior Football League.\r\n\r\nA switch to the North Bucks and District League came in the post war years. In 1968 they took a step down the ladder by joining the Banbury & District League.\r\n\r\nIn 1994 the club moved back to the Hellenic League. After a mediocre first season, Phil Lines took over as manager and led them to the Premier Division title in 1997 and with it promotion to the Southern League.\r\n\r\nHowever, they only managed two seasons at that level during which, with finances at full stretch, the club was forced into liquidation in February 1999 with debts of over £100,000.\r\n\r\nThe club was saved from extinction but demoted back into the Hellenic League. Brackley were promoted back to the Southern League after winning the title in 2004.\r\n\r\nPhil Lines returned in February 2006 and guided the club to a third-place finish, culminating in defeat in the last few minutes of the play-off final for promotion to the Southern League Premier Division.\r\n\r\nThe 2011–12 season saw Brackley Town reach the Football Conference after winning the Southern League Premier Division title by 8 points.\r\n\r\nBrackley Town went top of the table after 20 games and never relinquished their top position for the remainder of the season.\r\n\r\nOn top of the league title the club retained the Northamptonshire Hillier Senior Cup, beating Conference North club Corby Town in the final at Nene Park.\r\n\r\nThey completed a treble by also claiming the Maunsell Cup for the first time in their history after they defeated Northampton Town 1–0 in a game played during pre-season.\r\n\r\nThe club retained the Maunsell Cup in July 2012, beating a youthful Peterborough United side 3–0 at St James Park.\r\n\r\nThe club has also added the Southern League Champions Cup to their trophy cabinet in 2012–13 season, beating Clevedon Town 2–1.\r\n\r\nTeam news: \r\n\r\nMike Green is still struggling to overcome an ankle injury.\r\n\r\nFemi Orenuga (hamstring) will have a fitness test ahead of kick-off.\r\n\r\nGeorge Miller has recovered from a slight groin strain.\r\n\r\nJack Harris is still out with a broken hand.
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