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The Lions return to Nethermoor on Saturday for the second home game this week with Gloucester City the visitors and it will be streamed live for FREE on YouTube.
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In what has been a disrupted start so far to say the least this will be Marcus Bignot, Russ O’Neill and Paul Clayton’s fifth league game of the season and their 100th in charge of the club, since joining at the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign.
They will be looking for a reaction from Tuesday night’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of Darlington and their second three points of the season, with a defeat at home to Hereford and a draw at Boston the results since the opening day 4-0 victory over Blyth Spartans.
Gloucester meanwhile have enjoyed a flying start to the season since their move back home, with six wins and two draws in their opening eight games.
They have beaten Kettering Town, Chorley, Blyth Spartans, Chester, AFC Telford and Hereford with stalemates against Spennymoor Town and Bradford (Park Avenue).
With just four points dropped so far they’re sitting top of the league four points clear of AFC Fylde but having played a game more than The Coasters.
Speaking after Tuesday night’s defeat Joint Manager Russ O’Neill said “A very disappointing way to return, everything that could have gone wrong in the opening 15 minutes did go wrong. It was a few weeks since we last played at Boston and you could see it. I thought we started alright in all honesty, Jonathan Wafula looked a handful up front and we were getting runners up and beyond him but then he has felt his hamstring and had to go off.”
“Matty Gillam also felt his hamstring at half-time so we had to make another change, in all honesty I was glad to see the end of the 90 minutes but we have that in the tank now and get back to training on Thursday.”
Andy Kellett made his debut in the game and O’Neill said “I was desperate to get him on earlier, we had been forced to make two substitutions so to make another one too early and risk picking up another injury and playing the last 10-15 minutes with 10 men was too big a risk to take. It was limited game time for him and we hoped that he had have played longer, I think you can tell in that 15 minutes what a player we have on our hands, he got us into a lot of control and it is no coincidence we scored when he was on the pitch.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game the Joint Manager said “Yes it is another tough test, they’re well backed and one of the favourites to go and get promoted this season. We just need to sharpen up and I am sure we will do.”