Tuesday: Gloucester v Harriers

A look ahead to Tuesday night’s National League North journey to Gloucester…

Jimmy O'Connor. Pic: (C) PA Images/Alamy

HARRIERS will look to back up a fine 4-1 win at Alfreton on Saturday when they travel to Gloucester City on Tuesday night.

Russ Penn’s men picked up a strong and convincing three points at the Impact Arena last time out but are quickly on the road again in midweek.

This time out they head to Gloucester, where the home side are looking to build on four points from their last two games.

They’d looked a good bet to be following up a useful 2-0 win over Farsley Celtic earlier this month when they’d stormed into a two-goal lead at Darlington on Saturday.

The Quakers would hit back with a brace of their own, though, to leave the spoils shared.

A mini unbeaten run of a couple of games does mark an upturn of sorts for a City side who’ve struggled for consistency at times, a patchy start to the campaign having seen them pick up just a couple of victories so far.

They remain a threat of course, having all but ‘won’ a curtailed National League North last season.

That 2020/21 was a campaign that ended for Harriers at the hands of Gloucester – Penn’s charged raced into a 2-0 lead in January there before falling to a 3-2 defeat as COVID, the league stoppage and everything else followed.

Having seen such a comparatively slow start to their current season makes Tuesday night’s hosts a threat, according to Assistant boss Jimmy O’Connor.

He told “Straight away that offers a challenge within itself.

“They’ll believe they should be higher up the table and they’ll be looking for a positive reaction over the coming weeks.

“It doesn’t change, and it is relentless. That’s what makes good teams – they keep rising to the challenge every three games, seven days or whatever it is.”

Harriers will check on Ethan Freemantle after he missed out on Saturday’s win at Alfreton with injury.

Joe Foulkes is set to return to training imminently but won’t be involved at Gloucester, with Harriers hoping to make the journey without any fresh injury worries.

A reminder for travelling fans, Gloucester are requesting that fans purchase their tickets in advance where possible. This can be done from the Gloucester website.

Those who are unable to purchase in advance and plan on doing so in person are asked to bring cash in addition to cards where possible to help avoid delays at the turnstile.

Kick-off on Tuesday night is at 7:45pm

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