Competition: Vanarama Conference North
Location: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham
Admission: £13 adults, £7 concessions, (65+, NUS) and 12 and under free
The Tigers will be hoping to make it four wins on the bounce when we host Salford City at home, writes Joshua Slack.
The Tigers have won three games in a row following wins in the Severn Derby against Worcester City, before defeating Tamworth, then 19th placed AFC Telford on the road. During that time the Tigers have scored seven goals without reply which has helped us move up to 10th in the Vanarama National League North. Thanks to our good run of form we have moved closer to the play-off places, and currently sit eight points outside them, but have a game in hand over Stockport County who currently occupy the final play-off spot.
Our visitors to Whaddon Road on Saturday come in the form of Salford City, who are currently second coming into Saturday’s game, and are nine points off leaders AFC Fylde, despite thrashing them 5-0 last weekend. The Ammies have lost just one of their last 13 games in the National League North, a run that stretches back as far as October. Their last loss came during last month’s 4-2 defeat at Halifax. Like the Tigers, Salford have lost just once in 2017. During the other five games they have scored 17 goals, as well as keeping five clean sheets in the process.
Joe Hanks has become an influential figure at the heart of the Tigers midfield this season. In the 27 games the 21 year-old has played so far he has registered a total of four goals. He works extremely hard for the team, and is often very dangerous from dead-ball situations, especially free-kicks.
The visitors on the other hand have a real gem in midfielder Mike Phenix. Since joining from Southport in the summer, the 27 year-old has scored a very respectable 13 goals from midfield in the 28 appearances made so far this season, making him the highest goal-scoring midfielder in the league, as well as the fourth top scorer overall.
Head To Head
Formely known as Salford Central, in the early 1990s Salford City dropped their amateur tag to become ‘Salford City’, and former Manchester United players Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, and Phil Neville currently own a total of 50% of the club, having taken control in 2014.
There has only ever been one ever meeting between the sides, which ended in a 1-1 draw at Moor Lane in the first game of the 2016/17 season. James Poole gave the hosts the lead, before the Tigers pegged them back thanks to a determined individual goal from Joe Parker.
Tom Webb faces a battle to be fit for Saturday’s game after sustaining a knee injury. Calvin Dinsley, & Darren Mullings are both out. Spencer Hamilton is expected to make the first-team squad after recovering from an illness which ruled him out at Telford last weekend.