Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham
Admission: Adults £13, Concessions (60+, NUS) £7, 13-17 £7 (NB – This is a one-time only purchase that entitles the bearer to one season ticket per purchase!), 12 and under admitted free.
Gloucester City’s first game of the New Year sees us host Brackley Town in league competition, with Tim Harris’ side looking to turn around our recent poor form writes Ollie Williams.
City come into the game on the back of a disappointing 3-0 loss to Brackley Town on Boxing Day, our sixth defeat in a row. Our last win came on November 8th away to Alfreton Town however the Tigers haven’t had to rub of the green which has seen us fall away from the play-off positions.
Brackley have won three of their last four matches in all competitions, the last of which being their 3-0 win over City. Impressive wins away at Stalybridge Celtic and at home to AFC Fylde in the FA Trophy, the side who knocked ourselves out of the Trophy, have put Brackley in good stead.
City’s new signing Ross Finnie could make his debut on Sunday having signed for the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. The Scottish born midfielder has been at Wolves since since the age of eight and has played international football at youth level for Scotland in the Victory Shield and Under-19 European Championships.
For Brackley, Steve Diggin has been in great goal scoring form for the former Hednesford Town man. With 14 goals in all competitions including one against the Tigers on Boxing Day, he’ll be looking to continue his personal form in 2017.
Head to Head
Our first meeting came in September 2007 in the Southern Premier at The New Lawn where Brackley won 1-3 in front of 306 supporters. Scott Griffin was on target for City. Gloucester got their first win against the Saints in January 2008 with a trio of goals from Jamie Reid, Alex Sykes and Lee Smith. The next season we took them on at the Corinium Stadium in Cirencester with Brackley winning 0-1 in December 2008. The reverse saw the Tigers run out 3-2 winners with goals from Mike Symons, Will Morford and Lee Smith. We last met in as mentioned on Boxing Day with Brackley Town recording a 3-0 win at St James’ Park.
Chris Knowles remains sidelined and is aiming for a return in January whilst Darren Mullings could miss out with a groin strain. Spencer Hamilton (hamstring) and Joe Hanks (hip flex) are also doubtful.