Tigers ready to turn to Hamblin as cover for missing Coupe
TOM Hamblin will answer an SOS call from Gloucester City to cover for suspended skipper Matt Coupe.
The central defender was poised to make his Tigers exit over the summer because his job has seen him move from Bristol to London.
He had agreed to play in a couple of games as an emergency locum before he completes his move to the capital, but has now stepped up his commitment to the cause.
Coupe is set to serve a three-match ban for the red card he received in Tuesday night's clash with Worcester City and will also miss tomorrow's visit of AFC Telford United.
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City boss Dave Mehew is still refusing to comment on the unsightly melee that marred Tuesday night's 2-1 win until the club complete an internal investigation into the incident.
But he did confirm that Hamblin, a lynchpin of the side for the last seven seasons, has agreed to step into the breach to cover Coupe's ban.
"Tom is available for us on Saturday anyway because Coupey is away with work – something I have known about for a while," Mehew said.
"But he will also cover for us while Matt is out serving his ban. He was going to be available until the Guiseley game, but he will also cover the trips to Barrow and Workington."
Mehew was disappointed as anyone that the brawl took the gloss off a resilient and gutsy performance from his team as they claimed their first win of the season on Tuesday night.
A first-half own goal and a sumptuous second goal from striker Scott Wilson put City in command before a George Williams goal and the two red cards threatened to derail the Tigers.
Mehew said: "The most pleasing thing was that we didn't buckle, either in the first half when they had a lot of the ball and put us under pressure, or in the second half after the red cards.
"Now we need to build on that against a very good Telford side, one that is certainly going to be up there at the top of the table come the end of the season.
"I know their manager Liam Watson very well from his time at Southport.
"He's a good mate of mine and I know he will be prepared for the game.
"But we're in the unusual state of perhaps knowing more about their side than they know about us, so we have to use that to our advantage.
"We know it's going to be tough, but I will be telling the lads that we have nothing to lose. We were the favourites on Tuesday night and got the important result. We won't be favourites tomorrow.
"But the confidence is growing in the group – the second goal on Tuesday, a wonderful team goal – showed that.
"If we can keep that building and keep working as hard as we did on Tuesday night then we will be a match for most sides in this division."