By Rowan Lee
Gloucester City are in action under the lights tonight when they welcome Buxton to The TigerTurf Stadium in the Vanarama National League North. (KO 19.45)
City go into the game following a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Spennymoor Town on Saturday. A game which meant Steven King’s men have failed to win their last two fixtures despite beating highflyers Kings Lynn two weeks ago. Buxton who currently sit in 18th are expected to arrive in good spirits after securing three wins from their last three games in the league.
Just eight points separate the two sides heading into tonight’s clash and with Steve King’s side already littered with injuries, City know that clinching all three points won’t be an easy task despite being 12 places above the visitors.
Here are the statistics ahead of City’s 18th league game of this current season:
As mentioned above, City go into this game on the back of a disheartening 3-0 loss to Durham-based side Spennymoor Town on bonfire night where after the game City boss King claimed his side got what they deserved, and that the opposition was thoroughly better, meaning they have just one win in their last three games.
With City heading into tonight’s game against Buxton with an already depleted squad, luck hasn’t got any better for King’s men after Matt McClure and Daniel Leadbitter were substituted off with injuries.
Buxton on the other hand, have won all three of their last three games with the latest victory coming against Merthyr Town in the FA Cup First Round where they came out 2-0 winners. Despite sitting sixth from bottom in the current league standings, Jamie Vermiglio’s side will be confident they can get a result against an injury-stricken Gloucester team.
City’s defence will have to watch out for former Manchester City youth player Jason Gilchrist who has netted four goals in eleven games for Buxton so far this season. Former Harrogate Town midfielder Connor Kirby will also be on City’s radar tonight as he has three goals to his name.
“When you’ve got a depleted squad it’s very difficult, so we must patch up what we’ve got available. We’ve done alright at home; the form has been good.”
Gloucester and Buxton have never played each other before which will make for an interesting spectacle.