Gloucester City manager Steven King calls for fans to ‘bring a friend’ as he sets a challenge for the remainder of the season

Gloucester City manager Steven King has encouraged more fans to come down to the TigerTurf Stadium to cheer on the players as they enter a crucial end to the season.

With just four home games left of the season, Kidderminster Harriers will be one of the last opportunities for most fans to see the team this season as they continue their push for the play-offs.

With a vital 3-0 win away to fifth place Scarborough Athletic, the Tigers find themselves level on points with the play-offs and just two points behind Scarborough, meaning a win tomorrow could potentially help City leapfrog last Saturdays opponent.

Despite this though, King has reiterated the importance of not letting the changing room get carried away with the chase.

“I won’t let talk about the play-offs happen. It has got to be one game at a time, we’ve just got to keep ticking them off as we go, four at home and four away.

“(Last Saturday) we were excellent, we limited them to no shots on goal and we had two or three other chances in that game to put it to bed.”

As the season draws to a close, King has called for the fans to ‘bring a friend’ for the remainder of the season to help get behind the team.

“Please come, can we get over 1,000 every home game now? I know we will Saturday, but can we do that for the others too? It really does make a big difference to the players and the club, to have them behind us and supporting us the way they have done has been fantastic since day one.

“But now can we bring a friend, can we get the numbers up and get others to share this experience. I think the team deserve it with the way they’ve played, and we’ll also be looking at how we can make the fans have a great afternoon and keep coming every week.”

Speaking on Kidderminster Harriers, King said: “It’ll be a really tough game because they’ve got the third best away record in the league. It’s only Chester and Fylde that have a better away record than them, so their record is a joke.

“They’ve scored 19 and conceded 19 so they get a lot of players behind the ball out of possession. I think they’ve got better players than some of the teams we’ve beaten already.”

For City though, they will be looking to extend their unbeaten home record to eight games, spanning back to December. Goals have never been an issue since King’s arrival, but now we’re also seeing games won by the defence, with City keeping three clean sheets in the last five.

“Whenever I talk about defence, I always say we defend as a team, so it’s not just blamed on the back four, it’s always a team effort. Sometimes because were so desperate to score, we often leave them a little exposed at times, so I’d always just blame the team,” explained King.

“We attack as a team and defend as a team. There needs to be a fine balancing act between going to score and then protecting the goal. We’ve just got an attack minded team with a lot of pace and athleticism.”

Jack James will miss the game due to picking up two yellow cards last week, however King said he is at least expecting to have a few more names to choose from on the bench.

The match will kick-off at 15:00 this Saturday, and tickets can be bought from the club’s official website here.

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