Gloucester City manager Tim Harris spoke to gloucestercityafc.com in the wake of his side’s opening day defeat to Chelmsford City in the National League South.

The Tigers went behind within 90 seconds after City failed to deal with a long throw, something Harris was lamenting.

“We get the reports and we know they’ve got a long throw and we didn’t deal with it and all of a sudden two minutes into the game we’re 1-0 down” Harris said.

“Make no bones about it they’re a good, big & strong side. I thought as the game went on we looked like we were going to get something back out of the game.

“We had some good possession and worked hard into the final third but we didn’t get enough shots away at goal, we didn’t get enough crosses into the box and we didn’t really test the ‘keeper.”

Despite conceding twice, Harris was quick to praise the defence for limiting the number of chances Chelmsford had at goal, but noted it was a similar story for the Tigers front line.

“The back four worked well for the most part and I don’t really remember Alex Harris having too many saves to make either so all in all it was a good physical battle out there.

“Unfortunately with a few minutes left we’re pushing bodies forward and you ask players to make decisions and at 2-0 the game was over even though we had a few chances to get back into it but we never really forced the ‘keeper into many worthwhile saves.”

Ethan Moore made his competitive debut for the Tigers after missing a year of action with a torn ACL suffered before the start of the 2016/17 season.

Commenting on Moore’s performance, Harris praised the striker noting that it will still take time until he’s firing on all cylinders once again.

“I thought Ethan did okay to be fair, he had a couple of headers in the first half and he put himself about well but there were testing conditions out there with how open the stadium is but it’s the same for both sides so there’s no excuses to be made from that.

“It’s going to take time with Ethan obviously, he isn’t going to be a world beater straight away after so long out injured so we need to be patient but he will score goals of that I’ve got no doubt.”

Harris also opted to keep new signing Robbie Cundy on the bench but the gaffer voiced his pleasure at securing the centre-half’s services for the season.

“We’ve brought Robbie in and it’s one of those ‘do we really need another centre-half?’ Possibly not but when someone of his calibre becomes available at the right price you have to jump at the chance to sign him.

“With Lewis Hall out for how long we don’t know yet, possibly six weeks, possibly eight, if someone else in defence was to go down we’d be a little bit thin.

“To be fair to Robbie he’s a very good player and we were in the right place at the right time to sign him and I’m delighted I’ve brought him in but he’s going to have to be a little bit patient but he’s a good player and will be a great acquisition for the squad.”

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