Boss Mehew happy to have a chance to tinker
TINKERING is not a luxury that Gloucester City boss Dave Mehew is often afforded with his normally thread-bare squad, but tomorrow could be a little different.
Tigers boss Mehew has seen his squad swelled ahead of the visit of Skrill North powerhouses Guiseley as a trio of players return to the club from loan deals.
Striker Will Morford and midfielder Matt Liddiard, will join winger Joe Parker in returning to the club from Southern League stints ahead of the game against the Lions.
"It's a luxury I'm not used to, but I could be actually leaving players out of the matchday squad, so I'll become the tinkerman" Mehew joked.
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"But it's our fifth game in two weeks and some of the lads have played in all of those games, so it might be the right time to take them out of the firing line.
"We did that on Monday with Ryan Batten and Sam Rawlings coming into the squad and they both did well.
"So I might juggle it a bit, especially with Morford, Liddiard and Parker back around the squad, as I have got options within the squad."
Morford is the most likely to come into the side having gained important match fitness during a three-game stint with Cirencester after summer surgery on a back problem.
The 27-year-old forward could still return to Cirencester for Tuesday's Gloucestershire derby at Cinderford, but after that he will resume full-time commitments with the Tigers.
Liddiard and Parker's return will be something of a flying visit, however, with Mehew bringing them back from Cirencester and Shortwood respectively to avoid them getting cup-tied.
City head into the game on the back of a mixed Bank Holiday weekend that saw a home defeat at the hands of a much-fancied AFC Telford and an away win at Leamington.
Happy with the return of three points from the two games, Mehew said that the late win at Leamington has put his side ahead of schedule in terms of a points-per-game target.
"The Leamington game looked like a 0-0, but Scott Wilson popped up at the end to win it," he said.
"But then we probably got the points back we didn't deserve to lose against Telford.
"We should have drawn both games and we would have been on five points, but we're on six points, so we are ahead of where we could have been.
"We have always had good games against Guiseley and it's another one to relish.
"They are a good side. I know they have lost a couple of players but they will still be a good side.
"We aren't going to look too much at the table at the moment, we will start looking at it when we get to the 14-game mark as that's a third of the season gone.
"We're well set to get to 20 points in that time after the start we've had and if we can get there that will be our best-ever start at this level."
Defender Ryan Batten, who made his full City debut at Leamington faces at least a month out after dislocating his shoulder, while Matt Coupe plays his last game before a three-match ban.