Saturday: Gloucester v Harriers

We look ahead to Saturday’s trip to Gloucester City…

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RUSS PENN is calling for his team to get back to winning ways when they travel to league leaders Gloucester City on Saturday.

The Tigers have been at the summit of National League North almost since the first ball was kicked this term.

Winning seven of their first nine matches, they’ve set the pace at the top end of the division in a season that’s been eventful both on and off the field.

They lost the services of boss James Rowe to National League side Chesterfield but swooped with something of a coup of their own in bringing in Paul Groves to replace him.

Despite the madness of it all, their form has remained consistent with goals flowing aplenty – while they’ve suffered a defeat and a draw in their last two matches, they still before the turn of the year powered through to the next round of the FA Trophy and saw off Leamington on Boxing Day.

It’s that consistency that the Harriers boss notes, saying this is the type of clash everyone should be looking forward to.

“We’re looking forward to going there,” he said, speaking to our YouTube channel.

“It’s a new stadium with a 4G pitch which is unusual for this league.

“It’ll be cold conditions for a top-of-the-table clash and it’s what we’re all in the game for.

“We’ve had them watched and they’re a good team. They’re consistent and they score goals, so we have got to be right on it; getting back to winning ways is first and foremost our priority.”

A change in manager and departure of players, as experienced by Gloucester, can sometimes derail a season – yet many times it can also have a galvanising effect with a team going from strength to strength.

Penn added that despite their lofty status, he’s keeping his focus on his own squad, adding: “They’ve lost the Manager and some big players, but a new Manager has come in with fresh ideas – that can be a good or bad thing, but that’s not down to us.

“We’ve got to prepare the lads right in every way to get the three points on Saturday.”

Harriers are hopeful skipper Lewis Montrose will be available after being withdrawn in midweek after a picking up a “niggle” to his hamstring.

Amari Morgan-Smith is the only confirmed absentee as he continues to serve a suspension.

Kick-off at Gloucester on Saturday is at 3:00pm.

Supporters are unfortunately unable to attend, but Gloucester are offering a live streaming service, tickets for which are on sale now.

Fans can also keep up with events from the match via our social media platforms and the Match Centre.

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