All roads lead to Evesham United this weekend as the Hawks travel west to take on Gloucester City in the National League South.
Steve King’s side go to the Tigers in good spirits after picking up a point against Bath City last weekend, and they will be hoping to take something away from their trip to Worcestershire.
Chris Arthur is in line to make his competitive debut having signed on loan from Aldershot Town.
The left-back made his first appearance for the Hawks in Tuesday night’s friendly win against Farleigh Rovers, and impressed several of the home faithful after his month-long loan was confirmed.
Kodi Lyons-Foster is also available in defence after his loan was extended by a further month.
The young centre-back scored the Hawks’ goal in the 1-1 draw with Bath last Saturday, and will be looking to get further first-team action after also joining from Aldershot.
The could be another debutant in the squad for Saturday’s clash – with Biko Bradnock-Brennan signing on after impressing Tuesday night.
The 25-year old defender was deployed as a right-back on Tuesday, and he joins having played for Os Turnforening in Norway and San Antonio in America.
Our hosts on Saturday go into the game on the back of earning a 1-1 draw away at Concord Rangers last weekend, which followed a good 3-0 win against Poole Town at their temporary home, The Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium.
The club was established in 1883 as Gloucester, they became Gloucester City in 1902, but were briefly known as Gloucester YMCA from 1910 to 1925, before returning to their previous name. The club has competed in the Conference North since 2009, having been promoted from the Southern League at the end of the 2008/09 season. It spent a record 70 years within the Southern League from 1939 until 2009. The club secured promotion after a Playoff final win against Farnborough.
In July 2007, the club was considerably affected by the 2007 United Kingdom floods, which considerably affected Gloucestershire. and left the Meadow Park stadium under eight feet of water. The impact of the flooding has meant that the club has been in exile away from Gloucester ever since. The Tigers have played home games at Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road, after spending three seasons sharing at Cirencester Town’s Corinium Stadium and Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn stadium in Nailsworth. For the 2017/18 season, the club will play at Evesham United whilst construction continues on a new stadium on the old Meadow Park site. The club have received full planning permission from Gloucester City Council to build a new 3,060 capacity stadium, raised by several feet, on the site of their former home of Meadow Park with plans to expand to over 4,000.
Gloucester City will be offering free admission to Armed Forces personnel for our clash at the Jubilee Stadium.
The Tigers have taken the decision as a token of our appreciation for the incredible work that our military service provide, both at home and across the world in protecting our country.
Those eligible for the offer need to just produce a valid form of military identification upon entry at the turnstile.
With Remembrance Sunday upcoming, there will also be holding an act of remembrance before kick-off at 15:00, to commemorate those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard our freedom.
Admission prices for non-military personnel remain the same (£13 Adults, £7 Concessions, 12 and under free).
With a coach-load of Ultras making the journey – here’s hoping they have something to cheer about come 5pm on Saturday!