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Preview: Gloucester City v Harriers
April 8, 2017

Preview: Gloucester City v Harriers

Harriers look to bounce back from last weekend's rare home defeat this afternoon when they visit Cheltenham's Whaddon Road to face Gloucester.

Despite last weekend's defeat Harriers remained in second place but the gap to third was shortened and if they fail to win this afternoon they could slip as low as fifth with a big enough sewing in goal difference.

Only Ashley Carter is missing as he continues his four-game ban so John Eustace has many options if he chooses to change the team that lost to Halifax last time out.  Leading scorer Arthur Gnahoua returned from injury in that game and looked a little off the pace but another week of training should have him back to closer to his normal form.

Gloucester drew in midweek against Harriers' last opponents Halifax, a result that kept The Shaymen behind Harriers but didn't do much for City's position in the table - they sit in tenth place eight points away from the play-offs.  Their re3cent form has seen them unbeaten in six games following on from back-to-back home defeats by Brackley and FC United.  Those six games have seen three wins and three draws.  Boss Chris Harris has a couple of injury concerns ahead of the game with Tom Webb and Chris Knowles both carrying knocks.  In goal will be former Harrier Jasbir Singh.

Earlier in the season Harriers came out on top, two goals from Gnahoua and an own goal by Sam Avery giving them a 3-0 win.  Overall the record is even with 22 wins each from 51 post-war games played.  On Gloucester's home territory City have the upper hand with 15 wins to six from 24 games.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Hodgkiss, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Nti, Ironside, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, A. Brown, Ezewele, Knights, A. Palmer, Taylor, Truslove, Williams.
Missing (suspended): Carter.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Dieseruvwe, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, T. Palmer, Sweeney, Thomas.

The referee this afternoon will be Anthony Tankard from Sheffield.  This will be his third time in charge of a Harriers game, all this season, having done the draw at Boston and the home win over Gainsborough.

This afternoon's weather is forecast to be sunny with a temperature of 18°C and no chance of rain.

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