Competition: Vanarama Conference North
Location: The Northolme
Admission: Adults £12, concessions 65+/students £8, children u16 £4, and pre-school free
The Tigers will look to increase our astonishing form when we travel to 17th placed Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday, writes Joshua Slack.
The Tigers travel to Gainsborough with the second best form in the league, having won five of our last six games, including an impressive win last time out against Salford City, who are currently placed third in the Vanarama National League North. Other wins have come away at Altrincham, and AFC Telford. We’ve also recorded wins at home against play-off hopefuls Tamworth, and Worcester City in the Severn Derby.
The hosts on Saturday have won just two of their last 13 games. The wins coming in a 3-2 win at Altrincham where they looked to be cruising at one stage, as well as defeating Harrogate Town 3-1 away from home three weeks ago. In Gainsborough’s previous outing they lost 5-1 to Bradford Park Avenue. Gainsborough had equalised momentarily, but in a frantic last half-hour the hosts scored four goals to defeat Gainsborough.
Zack Kotwica has become a key player for the Tigers in recent weeks. He always shows great energy, and a fantastic desire to drive Gloucester City forward. Following another superb display where he picked up two assists, Kotwica was awarded man of the match in the impressive 3-2 win over Salford City last weekend. He came up with an important goal a week before in the game at Telford during a 2-0 win, and the 22 year-old has seven goals in a total of 25 appearances made so far this season.
James Reid is a key player for the hosts. The 26 year-old has featured 25 times this season, scoring a total of five goals. Since joining from Nuneaton Town in the summer he has become a key asset for Gainsborough, and Trinity will be hoping to keep him fit between now and the end of the season.
Head To Head
There have been a total of 15 meetings between the two sides in the National League North. The Tigers have won four of these, drawing three and losing eight. Trinity won the first meeting between the two sides in a 1-0 win in October 2009, at The Northolme. However, the Tigers won the return game at home by the same scoreline. Gainsborough then had the better of the Tigers during the next season, winning both games in the 2010/2011 season by a scoreline of 2-0. The Tigers then claimed an impressive 4-1 victory at Gainsborough during the 2011/2012 season. However, they would lose the return fixture 2-0 at home.
Early on in the 2012/2013, and it was the Tigers who were victorious, winning 1-0 courtesy of a first-half volley from Darren Mullings. However, the Tigers lost later on in that season 2-1 at home to Trinity. In fact Gainsborough over the past few seasons have come somewhat of a bogey team for us, and were unbeaten in seven, including the 2-1 win in the 2012/2013 season. Two of the games during that time produced thrillers, two 3-3 draws. These fixtures rarely disappoint. There’s never been a goalless draw between the sides. This season we put our poor form against Trinity to bed, winning 4-1. It might have been a totally different game hadn’t Nathan Jarman blasted over from 12 yards, over Jasbir Singh’s crossbar.
This seemed to revitalise the Tigers, and two goals from Ed Williams, a goal from Joe Parker, and a superb individual goal from Joe Parker gave the Tigers all three points in our first game of the 2016/2017 season.
Tom Webb, Chris Knowles, and Calvin Dinsley are all out. Ross Finnie returned to the Tigers on Thursday, and could make a start at Gainsborough on Saturday.