Mehew turns to teen duo in bid to improve City's attack
UNHAPPY with his sides' stuttering start to the season, Gloucester City boss Dave Mehew has decided to ring the changes ahead of tonight's visit of Bishop's Stortford.
Injury-prone striker Ben Hunt has been released and two promising young players from Bristol Rovers have been brought in on loan in a bid to kick-start the Tigers' campaign.
Forward Mitch Harding and midfielder Jordan Goddard are set to go straight into the team for tonight's clash as Mehew looks to avenge Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Dryolsden.
The two teenagers will join defender Chris Holland in making home debuts tonight with Mehew calling on his new-look side to make something of a fresh start.
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"We gave a good dogged away performance on Saturday and it looked like we would come away with a solid 0-0 draw," Mehew said.
"We coped pretty well but just didn't see it through and that's been a problem right throughout the season.
"The crux of the matter is that we weren't good enough up front and our quality in the final third is a bit of a worry, so I have been forced to act."
That means Hunt, who pulled up injured in the warm-up on Saturday, has seen his last action in a Tigers shirt and 18-year-old forward Harding will come in for his debut alongside Will Morford tonight.
The youngster from Weston-super-Mare has made one senior appearance for Rovers and will be joined in tonight's starting line-up by Goddard, a 19-year-old midfielder.
"We've acted to get Mitch and Jordan in and both will go straight into the team and be available for the FA Cup on Sunday as well," Mehew said.
"Ben has gone. I have no problem with him as a bloke, but I think he knew he was in the last chance saloon at this level and that showed during pre-season.
"But as soon as he got his deal, there were injury problems. He missed four out of nine games and I can't afford to have that.
"He was starting on Saturday and pulled out in the warm-up.
"We needed to freshen things up and if we can beat Stortford tonight we face a run of games against teams around us and we can kick-on, onwards and upwards."
Mehew also confirmed that he has had strong words with midfielder Lewis Hogg after the former Bath City man received his second red card of the season at the Butchers Arms.
According to the Tigers boss, Hogg had been having "his best game of the season" before being given two quick-fire bookings for dissent late in the game.
"I think Lewis realised on the way home how disappointed I was and how disappointed his team-mates were," Mehew added.
"He will be fined, so it will hit him in the pocket, but the most frustrating thing was that he'd been excellent for 85 minutes.
"The only thing we can do is draw a line under it, and given the reaction afterwards, I think that will be the end of it."