Date: Saturday 8th April 2017
Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham
Admission: Adults £13, Concessions (65+, NUS), 12 and under free
Gloucester City will hope to extend their unbeaten run to seven when hosting promotion hopefuls Kidderminster Harriers at Whaddon Road on Saturday, writes Joshua Slack.
The Tigers are in fine form, and Sam Avery’s late equaliser at Nuneaton on Tuesday night extended City’s unbeaten run to six games. During those six games, there have been impressive victories over Alfreton at home and Halifax Town away. The game against Alfreton standing out, a 4-0 victory, with Zack Kotwica helping himself to a hat-trick.
The visitors to Whaddon Road on Saturday come in the shape of second placed Kidderminster Harriers, and they come in a real good vein of form, despite losing last time out to one of their promotion rivals, Halifax Town. Prior to the loss to Halifax, Kiddy had won three out of their previous four games, including a draw against league leaders AFC Flyde in a game they should have won, but for conceding a stoppage time equaliser.
Goalscoring defenders can be hard to come by so Tim Harris must be delighted to have a player like Sam Avery at his disposal. The defender has come up with big goals when the Tigers have most needed them this season, and Tuesday night’s game at Nuneaton was no different, as he grabbed a late equaliser to gain a vital point for City. He’s currently on six goals in 30 appearances for the Tigers so far this season, and is a key asset at the heart of the Gloucester City defence.
Harriers’ striker Arthur Gnahoua has found his feet this season, scoring 11 goals in 32 appearances – including two against the Tigers earlier on in the campaign, and he’ll no doubt be a key part to a side who are targeting promotion to the Vanarama National League.
Head To Head
There has only ever been one previous league meeting between these two sides, earlier in the season – Kidderminster prevailing 3-0, with Arthur Gnahoua grabbing a brace, and Sam Avery unfortunately putting through his own net, as Kidderminster proved too strong for the Tigers.
But Tim Harris’ men will be a completely different outfit than the one Kidderminster faced that day, and City’s record against teams fighting for promotion speaks for itself.
Check back later on in the day for team news.