After a turbulent week for the Pitmen, footballing action once again takes centre stage tomorrow when we return to action with a trip down the M5 to face Gloucester City.
Whaddon Road, the temporary home of Gloucester, has proved to be a mixed hunting ground for us over the years – with us yet to triumph after our two most recent visits.
During our first season back at this level of football in 2013 the Pitmen suffered a 5-1 drubbing, despite being top of the league at the time. This was followed 12 months later by a less than memorable goalless draw.
The game earlier in the campaign saw City earn a share of the spoils at Keys Park after twice cancelling out strikes from Kyle Perry.
Since the turn of the year the hosts have been in very good form, seeing them move from within striking distance of the sides in the bottom three to a comfortable mid-table position.
Manager Frank Sinclair was fully aware of the task that lay ahead for his side:
“Gloucester City are a side that have been doing really well this year and a team that I have studied in great detail.
“They are a team full of energy, are strong and hard to beat. They also don’t concede many goals but I have been able to have a look at them and we will go there with a game plan that will make us hard to beat while also looking to win the game at the same time.”
Apart from midfielder Andy Todd and reserve keeper Lloyd Ransome who picked up a thigh muscle strain and misses out tomorrow, the manager will have a full squad of players to choose from for the game – with him being boosted by the addition of two new front men ahead of the game.
The Pitmen will be wearing their away strip for the game that kicks off at the usual Saturday time of 3pm.
Concessions: £6 (65 + yrs, NUS)
Children Under 18 are admitted free. There is no additional charge for a seat in the stand.
Entry is via the turnstiles to the right of the main stand as you look from the car park.