AFC Telford (H) Match Preview
Posted on 10th November 2020 at 16:04
The unbeaten Tigers suffered their first dropped points of the season on Saturday, drawing 2-2 away at Spennymoor Town. Matt McClure and Akwasi Asante had twice taken the lead for James Rowe’s side but Spennymoor pegged back to deny the away side taking all three points in Durham.
Gloucester still remain unbeaten and top of the National League North, ahead of AFC Fylde on goal difference. The Tigers take on AFC Telford United in their sixth match of the season looking to further cement their stay at the top alongside a perfect home record this season. Rowe praised the ambition of the club ahead of their game with Telford;
“There's been a lot of transformational leadership here and by that I mean the changes that needed to happen came into fruition, not only with the results but off the field as well, with the culture and the philosophy we’re trying to build. The building blocks are in place to build a bright future for the club but ultimately the results on the pitch will dictate how far you go."
Rowe’s newly constructed side had been the only team left in the National League with a 100% record and hadn’t conceded more than one goal in all five games this season. Matt McClure has also been announced as the National League North Player of the month and Rowe credits McClure’s as one of many players to have been outstanding thus far;
“Yes he fully deserved that, it's not just his goals but his overall performance has been outstanding. There’s been a couple that could have had a shout for that, I think Alex Whittle has also been outstanding this month and Gavin Gunning as well as George Carline.”
“It’s not about signalling out players but Matty (McClure) definitely deserved that and credit to him. It’s nice for Matty to get that, I’ve worked with him a long time, he’s come here and fully inducted himself on and off the field. He’s a real asset for the club and long may that continue."
Opponents AFC Telford currently sit in eighth place after six games played having won, lost and drawn two games each. Aaron Williams is the Bucks top scorer having scored three goals in six so far this season.
“They’ve recruited well, they’ve changed a few players as well from what they had in their squad last year. They’ve been unlucky so far not to pick up more points, I think they’ve played better so far than perhaps what their points return is saying. Their manager obviously has a bit of experience now at this level and it will be another tough task.”
James Rowe made two substitutions for the game away at Spennymoor but should have a full squad available to pick from. Tommy O’Sullivan and Jack James were brought in to the starting XI in place of Josh Thomas and Gavin Gunning. Gunning and Thomas may be subject to on the day determination after suffering knocks.
“We’ve got to monitor them, we’ve come through okay from Saturday but of course we are going to miss players of that ilk. The players that came in did very well. It’s always good to have players raring to go on the outside, they got their opportunity and they deserved their opportunity and they both took it. I thought Tommy (O’Sullivan) was very good in midfield and he followed the game really well, Tommy’s a technical player and he took the ball well."
“We’re still developing as a group, we’re five games into the season and this group has been together for 11 weeks now, so we’re still developing and long may the form continue”.
Telford won both of the sides' meetings last year, beating Gloucester 4-3 at home and 1-0 in Evesham, Gloucester have the better head to head record though, the Tigers last victory over the Bucks was in 2017.
The match takes place at Meadow Park this evening, kick off at 7:45pm.
Season ticket holders can stream the game for free, please see email from Trevor King.
A game pass can be purchased for non-season ticket holders for £7.99
Preview by Lucas Robinson
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