Gloucester City v Hungerford Town
Where: Cheltenham road, Evesham, WR11 2LZ
When:12th January 2019
2019 has begun with a bang, two wins on the trot and now three points above the relegation zone. Positive performances are now turning into well-earned points and this weekend provides another good opportunity to get more on the board. Gloucester are below us sitting in 21st position and haven’t won since beating Hungerford back in September! A third manager is now required and losing this is really not an option for the Tigers. The crusaders stand on the front line but a loss here would put them a step back to square 1.
Form guide- City lost to fellow relegation rivals East Thurrock and Weston Super-Mare in the last week. Their last home win came back in August. Hungerford are high on confidence after back to back wins against Oxford City and Concord Rangers. However, they’re record against teams in and around them this season is poor. Only 1 win against the fellow bottom 6, coming back in August.
Team news- City have had all change in the last couple of weeks and months following their freefall towards the drop zone. The latest to leave on Wednesday was Mat Liddiard who joined Swindon Supermarine. The midfielder scored against the Crusaders earlier on in the campaign. Town only have Matt Jones as a doubt with a dead leg. Tommy Anderson’s loan spell ran out on Monday but does have a clause to sign him till the end of the season so he may still feature. Marvel Ekpiteta is still our only absentee.
Star man- Despite on and off field changes City’s Spencer Hamilton is still an ever present in the side. Having signed from Cheltenham in 2014 he has become a fans favourite and can play anywhere across the hosts back line. After two goals in the last game Darren Foxley is Hungerford’s star man with his volley the latest cracker to have been seen at Bulpit Lane this season. However without goalkeeper Michael Luyambula’s world class save, Foxley’s contribution might have counted for nothing.
Head to head- The Tigers haven’t lost to the Crusaders in the national league south winning the reverse fixture 2-1. Last season they put 4 past the visitors at Evesham but it was revenge for our 3-0 win in the Fa cup.