"Bucks aiming to earn their stripes at the TigerTurf Stadium"
Match Date : September 13th, 2022 7:45 pm
Competition : National League North
Ground : New Meadow Park
Kick Off : 19:45
Telford travel to the TigerTurf Stadium on Tuesday night to take on Gloucester City.
Like the Bucks, the Tigers spent much of last season struggling at the wrong end of the table. A slow start to the campaign saw Paul Groves was sacked at the end of September, with former Torquay United stalwart Lee Mansell taking the reins.
The Tigers’ defensive improvement under their new manager was notably, with City keeping 12 clean sheets in 38 outings under Mansell last term. In fact, City lost just three of their final 17 games of the season – one of which was to the Bucks – to eventually end up 11 points clear of the drop in 17th.
The Tigers have lost four of their opening seven games this campaign, though, but they have also picked up wins against Boston United, Peterborough Sports and Hereford. Gloucester currently sit in 14th place, three points above the Bucks.
Seven of City’s ten summer signings were aged 23 or under, with new arrivals including midfielders Owen Evans (21, Merthyr Town), Sion Spence (21, Crystal Palace), former loanee Lucas Tomlinson (21, Bristol Rovers) and forward Kieran Phillips (19, Bristol Rovers). Meanwhile, more experienced arrivals were keeper Brandon Hall (Hereford), defender Kennedy Digie (Altrincham) and forward Tre Mitford (Brackley Town).
Mansell also has the benefit of having one of the league’s top marksmen. Although injuries hampered his 2021-22 campaign, Matt McClure was the division’s top scorer in the shortened 2020-21 season. And McClure heads the scoring charts again with five in seven so far – interestingly, all of his goals this term have come in the games that Gloucester have won.
A late winner from Ryan Burke helped the Paul Carden’s men to a 2-1 victory when the sides met at the New Bucks Head in April. Meanwhile, the Bucks’ away record at Gloucester is perfectly poised on three wins, three defeats and two draws – the teams drew 2-2 at New Meadow Park last October.
Ground Address: TigerTurf Stadium, Sudmeadow Road, Gloucester, GL2 5HS