Date: 11/03/17

Competition: Vanarama National League North

Location: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham

Admission: Adults £13, Concessions (65+, NUS) and 12 and under free

Gloucester City will be looking to back up their away victory at Bradford Park Avenue when welcoming Harrogate Town at home on Saturday, writes Joshua Slack.

Form

The Tigers have won five of their last eight games, include triumphs over Bradford Park Avenue, Salford City and Tamworth, leaving City six points off the elusive play-off places.

The visitors to Whaddon Road on Saturday come in the form of Harrogate Town. Harrogate are unbeaten in their last five games – winning three, and drawing two, including a 3-3 thriller against league leaders AFC Flyde last weekend. The last time the visitors lost was on the 28th of January, in a 3-1 home defeat to Gainsborough Trinity, and are five points off the play-off places, two and one point places above The Tigers in 9th.

Key Players

Zack Kotwica has been a key part of The Tigers team so far this season, and the former Cheltenham Town player has come up with eight goals in 29 appearances for City. The 21 year-old is always a live wire, and causes all kinds of problems for defences with his pace, as well as his ability to skip past players with ease.

You can’t look past Simon Ainge for the visitors. The 29 year-old has 16 goals in 29 appearances so far this season, including five in his last two. He also scored four in one game as Harrogate defeated Alfreton Town 6-3 back in January, and he’s certainly a player City will have to keep a close eye on.

Head To Head

There have been a total of 15 games between these two sides, the visitors coming out on top on nine occasions, with The Tigers winning a total of four of the meetings between the two sides. There has also been two draws between the two sides.

The first meeting came back in 2010, the visitors coming out on top 1-0. However, the return fixture finished all square in a 1-1 draw, just six days after the first meeting between the two sides took place.  Earlier this season the visitors recorded a 3-1 victory courtesy of goals from JP Pittman, Andi Thanoj, and Dominic Knowles. Ed Williams had given City hope on the 66th minute, but it was short lived as just four minutes later Knowles wrapped up the points for Harrogate, giving them their ninth victory over The Tigers since first facing us during the 2009/2010 season.

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