Competition: Vanarama National League North
Location: LCI Rail Stadium, Cheltenham
Admission: £13 adults, £7 concessions, (65+, NUS) and 12 and under free
Saturday sees us host Worcester City in a game where The Tigers will be desperate to get back to winning ways, writes Joshua Slack.
We play host to Worcester City after winning just one in eight, our last victory coming in the trip to Altrincham on the 7th of January. In our previous outing we lost 2-0 to Darlington 1883, meaning we stayed 12th in the National League North, 13 points off the play-offs.
Our visitors, Worcester City haven’t registered a win in the National League North since beating AFC Telford at home on the 12th of November. Since then, Worcester City have recorded five draws, and five losses meaning they currently sit 16th in the League, six points behind the Tigers.
Striker Luke Hooper scored a hat-trick last time the two sides met back in August, and has been in fine form this season, despite missing six weeks through injury. The 27 year-old has 10 goals so far this season in the Vanarama National League North.
For the visitors, Chekaine Steele can be a real threat, with two man-of-the-match awards this season. The midfielder has also helped himself to three goals in 28 appearances for Worcester City this season, and will be hoping to replicate his early season form when they travel to the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday.
Head To Head
We have played Worcester City thirteen times, and we currently come out on top having won 9 of the thirteen games against the visitors. Our first game against the visitors in 2011, ended in defeat, losing 2-0. In the same season we drew with the visitors 1-1, before losing to them again in the following season having led 1-0. Since our first three meetings, we went on a seven game winning streak, before finally being beaten in a boxing day fixture 1-0, in 2015. At the start of last year we defeated our visitors 2-1. In our previous outing this season, we defeated Worcester City in a thriller at the Victoria Ground, winning 3-2. A second-half hat-trick from Luke Hopper delighted the travelling Tiger supporters.
Darren Mullings is two or three weeks away from making a return (groin), and Spencer Hamilton (hamstring) is also out. Other than that, the Tigers are fully fit ahead of the Worcester City clash.