Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: The Shay, Halifax
Admission: Seating: Adults £16, £13 Concessions and £5 U16, £3 U7’s. Standing: Adults £15, £12 Concessions, £5 U16s, £3 U7’s.
Gloucester City will look to close the gap on in-form Halifax Town when visiting The Shay on Saturday, writes Joshua Slack.
The Tigers have won two, drawn two, and lost two in their previous six meetings, however they’re unbeaten in their last two – gaining a valuable point at home against Harrogate Town last time out, and Zack Kotwica striking in the away game at Bradford Park Avenue prior to that to claim all three points. It’s a run that leaves City eight points off the final play-off spot, which is currently occupied by this weekend’s hosts, Halifax Town.
The hosts have the best form in the league, and have recorded wins in four of their last six games, including a win against Bradford Park Avenue last time out. However, The Shaymen did lose prior to the Bradford Park Avenue game, in a 1-0 loss at Alfreton Town. The hosts current run of form puts them in good stead to reach the play-offs come the end of the season.
Derby County loanee Luke Thomas looks to be an inspired signing by manager Tim Harris. The 18 year-old has been excellent in all 10 appearances made for The Tigers so far this season, and he grabbed his first goal for the club against FC United of Manchester last month. He’s certainly a player with bundles of talent, and he’ll be key for The Tigers as they target a play-off place.
27 year-old Tom Denton has been key for today’s host. He’s come up with 14 goals in the 30 appearances made for The Shaymen this season, and he’s a player that The Tigers will have to keep a close eye on. Despite this though, Tim Harris will have him well scouted, given the number of times his side have faced up against the tall striker, notably during his time at North Ferriby United.
Head To Head
The Tigers have failed to register a single victory against today’s hosts. There have been five previous meetings between the two sides, The Shaymen recording four wins in all. There has been one draw between the two sides in the 2011/2012 season, which finished goalless.
The first meeting between the two sides ended 3-1 to today’s hosts, and The Shaymen recorded a 2-0 victory at Whaddon Road earlier on in the season courtesy of goals from Alex Simmons and Liam King.
Tom Webb is struggling with a back problem.
Darren Mullings is also out, as is Chris Knowles but may return to the squad in time for the game against Alfreton next weekend.