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Preview: Brackley (h)

By Elliot Yates

Gloucester City host Brackley Town at New Meadow Park on Saturday 5th February, with City looking to end a run of five games without a win in the league.

Ben Gerring should be available this weekend after suffering a broken nose. However, Fabian Robert is still undertaking concussion protocol.

The club are also hopeful to have Matt McClure available for the trip to Farsley Celtic on February 12th. Mansell’s squad will be further boosted at the start of March with both Tom Harrison and Jack James expected to return to training.

Our hosts Brackley are level on points with Gateshead at the top of the National League North table and haven’t lost a game in their last five matches. With wins against Hereford, Kettering Town and Farsley as well as draws against Chorley and Chester, in their last match, they have put themselves in contention for automatic promotion spots.

City, on the other hand, picked up a hard-earned point at Aggborough against Kidderminster Harriers last Saturday. A game where City could’ve taken more than if a couple of chances had been put away in the second half.

Despite coming into this game off the back of scoring one goal in their last five games and not being able to score in three matches, the performance against Harriers will give City confidence to show they can compete with teams of that level.

Brackley Town scraped a win against bottom of the league Farsley after two late goals proved to be nothing but a consolation for the West Yorkshire side. And their last game ending in a 1-1 draw against Chester who are only five points behind City in 16th place.

A City win woud put them up to 23 points in the table and extending the gap with who are Telford currently two points behind us in 21st place.



It'll be an ultra competitive match and with City's current disciplinary record being poor (to say the least !), our players need to 'keep their heads' and let their football do the talking. Manse needs to get it into the players heads that NOT getting a card doesn't mean they're not competing. C'mon City - lets end this drought !

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