Tigers have their work cut out for a 850-mile odyssey
FLU in the camp, a niggling knock to your top striker, the skipper ruled out through injury and 850 miles to cover in the next five days – it's just another week in the life of Gloucester City.
The Tigers set out for their long slog north to Workington today with boss Dave Mehew admitting that he may need to perform a 'roll call' of the fighting fit within his squad.
But that still won't stop Mehew from renewing one of his pre-season targets with his squad – to earn something from their longest trip of the season.
"I don't actually mind the long trip, we've earned our overnight stop and it will be good to get away with the group and have a bit of time together," Mehew said.
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"I set out a target at the start of the season to get something from Workington as we've drawn a blank there in the previous three years.
"Then we move on to Tuesday night's trip to Boston and another target was to try to finish above them this season – and if we win there we'll have every chance of doing that.
"We battled well to get a point against Altrincham on Tuesday and that stopped a run of two defeats, but now we have to build on that and try to go one step further tomorrow."
That task won't be aided by a number of niggles and knocks within the squad that is set to depart for an overnight stop in Wigan this afternoon.
Matt Coupe misses the trip altogether with the ankle injury he picked up against Harrogate last Saturday, while Darren Edwards is still struggling to overcome a knee problem and may need an MRI scan.
Striker Will Morford and winger Adam Mann are struggling with the flu, so Mehew may add young striker Joe Parker to the squad if the pair haven't recovered in time.
The 17-year-old has been impressing on loan with Bishop's Cleeve in the Southern League as has midfielder Matt Liddiard who has now been permanently added back to the City ranks.
Mehew said: "Hopefully the pair should be fine – they were just a bit groggy on Tuesday – while Liddiard is now back with us full time with the amount of games that we've got coming up.
"We gave Joe Parker 20 minutes against Altrincham and if we need him he may travel up with us, but if not he will stay with Cleeve as he's getting some good game time there."
Another young striker whose immediate whereabouts are uncertain is Scott Wilson, after Blue Square Bet South club Bath City put in a seven day approach for the 24-goal forward.
Wilson is currently on a dual registration deal with City and Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West club Yate and Mehew admits he doesn't know what his next move will be.
"Bath are trying to build for the future and I don't know what his next move will be," Mehew said.
"Scott will speak with Bath to see what they have to say – I would have thought the best thing would be to stay with Yate and then reassess it in the summer, but we will see."