Gloucester City: Dave Mehew wants to make a top-ten record with Tigers
GLOUCESTER City's players are being challenged to forget about any off-field strife and become a top ten hit in Blue Square Bet North this season.
Tuesday night's 4-1 thumping of Droylsden lifted Dave Mehew's Tigers to ninth place in the table – the highest position City have held in the non-League pyramid since 1998.
And while Mehew's men will be tested by champions-elect Chester FC at the Deva Stadium tomorrow, the City boss sees no reason why his side cannot go on to seal a record finish.
"It's going well at the moment and although it was there for us to do in the last two games, playing the bottom two sides, we got the job done," Mehew said.
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"Our next target is to get to 53 points which will be our highest ever finish but we would also love to finish in the top ten as that will be the sign of progress on the pitch again.
"We want to get into the top ten and finish the season strongly and get our best-ever finish to a season.
"We know it's going to be massively tough on Saturday as they're close to sealing the title and are a really good side.
"But we'll go there with absolutely nothing to lose and try and play the great football that we've managed in the last two games against better quality players and teams."
Mehew is hoping to take as strong a squad as he possibly can to the Deva Stadium, although strike duo Will Morford and Darren Edwards will need to check on their respective knee injuries.
Joe Parker, who turned 18 the day before the Dryolsden game, will also travel with the squad and will be called upon if either of the senior duo doesn't pull through.
And after the on-off Ethan Moore transfer move ended with no sign of the former Cheltenham Town professional reporting for duty, Mehew will juggle the options he already has in his squad.
That will hopefully include defender Chris Holland who limped out of the Droylsden win although club captain Matt Coupe is still sidelined with an ankle injury.
The City boss will resist the temptation to recall dual-registered forwards George Lloyd and Aysa Corrick from their commitments with Toolstation Western League duo Bitton and Hallen respectively.
Mehew has also given his blessing to striker Scott Wilson's attempt to earn a professional contract with Bristol Rovers after his sensational goalscoring feats with Yate Town this term.
Wilson is dual-registered with the Tigers and Mehew will once-again run the rule over the former Bristol City Academy man in the summer, if a move to Rovers doesn't materialise.
"I would never stand in a player's way if they have a chance to go to a higher level and good luck to Scott at Bristol Rovers," Mehew said.
"If it doesn't work out for him there, then we will still be happy to look at him in the summer if he wants to come back to us."