Gloucester City boss Tim Harris praised the debut of Reece King last night as he put in a man of the match performance against Nuneaton Town.

King, who joined on a dual registration deal from Malvern Town earlier in the season, played the full 90 minutes and set up Sam Avery’s late equaliser in an impressive debut performance.

“Reece is a good lad” said Harris. “He came training with us earlier in the season and unfortunately broke his leg playing for Malvern but he’s come back from that and he’s got no fear. Like many others in the squad he’s young but he’s a big lad as well.

“Tonight was a very good debut for him but we don’t want to get carried away as it’s only one game but I think he rightly deserved the man of the match award.”

King set up Avery for his sixth goal of the season, a tally that equals Joe Parker and Lewis Hall’s top goalscorer mark for the 2015/16 season, where the Tigers struggled to find the net.

“I felt that we deserved something out of it because, although they hit the bar twice, they’ve not really tested Jaz Singh so the fact that it was late doesn’t matter, it went in and we’re delighted for that.

“That’s six goals Avo has got this season now and we’ve got to be delighted with your centre back scoring six goals because last season that was what Lewis and Joe Parker got and they were our top scorers.”

Harris made three changes to the side that drew at Curzon Ashton on Saturday with Joe Hanks, Zack Kotwica and Ed Williams all making way for King, Parker and Louis McGrory.

However, all three made came off the bench and Harris was pleased with the impact they had on the game.

“We’ve played a lot of football in a short space of time and as a manager you’ve got to protect your players sometimes.

“Chris Knowles unfortunately got a tight groin, and we needed to protect that because he’s been out for a while this season so we thought it best to bring him off.

“We know what Joe Hanks is about and Ed Williams looked good when he got on the ball and started to make things happen as did Zack Kotwica so we’re pleased with the¬†way they came in and affected the game.”

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