Prolific Moore is set to seal a deal with Tigers
STRIKER Ethan Moore is in line to make his Gloucester City debut when Blue Square Bet North basement boys Hinckley United head to Whaddon Road tomorrow.
The one-time Cheltenham Town professional has been in prolific form for Cheltenham Saracens this term and is being trailed by a number of clubs from up the football pyramid.
But Tigers boss Dave Mehew believes he holds the trump card in securing the former Aston Villa and Southampton trainee on a deal until the end of the season.
"We're hoping to get the deal signed in time for Ethan to play on Saturday, I spoke with him yesterday and he'll come into the squad if that's done," Mehew said.
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"I've struck a deal with his agent and Ethan is keen to stay at home, play locally and look to prove himself at this level.
"We have two important games coming up against the bottom two – Hinckley and Droylsden – and we know if we win those its job done in terms of achieving safety again.
"Ethan won't have a chance to meet the players ahead of the game because we didn't train last night due to the long journey up to Boston.
"But he'll come straight in and he's got 13 games left to show what he's about and earn himself a contract."
Tuesday's long slog to Boston completed a five-day 850-mile tour of the country for Mehew's men after their 1-0 win at Workington on the previous Saturday.
The trip to Lincolnshire ended in a 4-0 defeat for the Tigers, but Mehew was far from upset with his side's performance in what was a closer game than the scoreline suggests.
"If you look at the scoreline it doesn't read well, but Boston's new manager admitted afterwards that they rode their luck a bit," Mehew said.
"We actually had seven clear goalscoring opportunities and didn't take them, whereas they had six and took four of them, it was just one of those games.
"But if you had offered me two draws from the two away games I would have taken it, so we're a point up after our win at Workington.
"We had a target to finish above Boston at the end of the season as they are a big long-standing non-League club.
"And I will guarantee the fans one thing come the end of the season that we will finish above them in the table."
One human cost to come from the Boston game is the loss of striker Will Morford for the next week after he pulled a hamstring after coming on as a substitute.
Skipper Matt Coupe is still absent with his ankle knock while Darren Edwards is waiting on results of a scan on his injured knee in order to assess how long he will be out for.
Mehew will again call upon youngsters Matt Liddiard and Joe Parker, while Moore may be thrown in for a start alongside Steve Davies if the deal goes through in time.
Hapless Hinckley head to Whaddon Road with one of the worst records in the non-League pyramid this term, having lost 28 of their 32 games to date.