Date: Saturday 15th April 2017
Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham
Admission: Adults £13, Concessions £7 (65+, NUS), 12 and under free
Gloucester City will be looking to respond to their first loss in seven when hosting Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday, writes Joshua Slack.
The Tigers head into Saturday’s game against Stalybridge having lost just once in seven attempts after losing against title chasing Kidderminster Harriers last time out. In the previous four fixtures to the Kidderminster game, City had drawn twice and won twice – including a 4-0 thumping of Alfreton and an impressive away victory at Halifax Town.
The visitors to Whaddon Road on Saturday are Stalybridge Celtic, and they come here in good stead having been unbeaten in their previous three encounters, and have won their last three – against league leaders AFC Flyde 2-1 at home, followed up with an impressive win against the Tigers conquerors Kidderminster on Tuesday night.
Since his move from Cinderford in the summer, Kieran Thomas has made the right-back spot his own and the youngster has made 36 appearances for City this season. He’s tenacious when driving forward and solid defensively, and the Tigers are very lucky to have a full-back of his calibre at the club and he’ll be sure to play a key part in City’s final four games of the season.
Daniel Wisdom is a player the Tigers will have to keep a close eye on for Stalybridge. The full-back won player of the month for March, and has scored twice in his last three games for the Celts.
Head To Head
There have been 15 previous meetings between Gloucester City and Stalybridge Celtic, with the Celts coming out on top – winning nine of the 15 encounters. There has been two draws between the two teams, and the Tigers have won four of the 15 meetings overall. The first meeting between Gloucester City and Stalybridge Celtic was contested in the 2009/2010 season – the Celts coming out on top, winning 4-1.
There has also been two 4-3 encounters between the two sides. During the 2010/2011 season the Celts came out on top in the first of the two seven goal thrillers, after being 2-1 down. City would win the next seven goal thriller in the 2012/2013 season, though. Earlier this season, the Tigers would improve their record over Stalybridge Celtic after prevailing 3-1, courtesy of goals from Calvin Dinsley, Luke Hopper and Zack Kotwica.
Darren Mullings has resumed training this week following a dislocated shoulder sustained at Bradford Park Avenue.
Jack Deaman is suspended after receiving a red card last weekend.