Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: Whaddon Road, Cheltenham
Admission: £13 Adults, £7 Concession, 12 and under free
It will be the end of the Whaddon Road era tomorrow afternoon when Gloucester City welcome Chorley to Whaddon Road, writes Kelsey De Maria.
The Tigers have ground-shared with Cheltenham Town since the beginning of the 2010/11 season and the agreement will come to an end after Saturday, with City moving on to Evesham United for the 2017/18 campaign.
The Tigers come into the game off the back of their first league point at Boston United since 1959, but should’ve claimed all three having twice been pegged back from in front with goals from Zack Kotwica and Joe Hanks cancelled out by Adam Chapman and Josh Robinson. Despite the disappointment though, the Tigers have only lost once in their last nine games and that was to title chasers Kidderminster Harriers, recording impressive wins over Halifax and Alfreton Town during that time.
Chorley have lost twice during the same number of games but, crucially, have recorded three wins in their last four outings, including three clean sheets and with play-off spots still to play for for The Magpies, Matt Jansen’s side will likely be full of confidence heading into the game.
When the two sides met earlier in the season, Luke Hopper made the difference from the bench for the Tigers as he got a goal back for his side soon after coming on, but ultimately it wouldn’t be enough. After his brace against Stalybridge last weekend, Hopper now has 18 league goals for the season and will be itching to make it to 20, with the Tigers National League North scoring record of 21 also in his sights. It will be tough against a physical side like Chorley but if anybody has it in their locker to do it, it’s Luke Hopper.
Andy Teague is a name that will be well known to National League North fans. The Chorley captain is a rock for The Magpies and can play in either defence or midfield. The ex-Macclesfield man has made over 200 appearances for Chorley in his time with the club and has been known to chip in with goals here and there, including three on the current season. Teague is a real presence at whatever position he plays in any team and he commands respect.
Head To Head
The Tigers enjoy an excellent record over Chorley since the two sides played each other for the first time in 2015, and have gone on to record three wins, one draw and one loss in the five time they’ve faced the Magpies since. The last meeting between the two teams was in November of this season and finished in a flattering 4-1 result for the home side. At home, though, the Tigers are undefeated against Chorley, claiming a 2-1 win and a 1-1 draw on their record.
Bobby Moseley (flu) didn’t train on Thursday and Tim Harris will make a decision on Saturday over his fitness.
Lewis Hall is fully fit after overcoming a knock picked up against Stalybridge Celtic.
Jack Deaman’s suspension has expired and he will be available for selection once again.