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“They’re top for a reason and we’re gonna be in for a tough night”- Mike Cook ahead of Tamworth

Gloucester City manager Mike Cook manager said that his side will “be in for a good game” against top of the league Tamworth, when they visit the TigerTurf stadium on Tuesday night.

The Tigers shipped seven goals in a 10-goal thriller against Boston United on Saturday, in a defeat that left Cook’s men nine points from safety with nine games remaining.

“We have nine games left to give it our all and it’s not going to be easy, and Tuesday will be no different,” he said.

“They’ve (Tamworth) never been in this league before but they have a good set-up and a good structure and are a very good team. We probably shouldn’t have lost when we played them last so we know we can give them a game,” said Cook.

“They’re top for a reason and don’t concede goals so we could be in for a tough night.

“We’ve conceded seven against another good team so we definitely need to be careful when we play them.”

The reverse fixture ended in a 1-0 victory to Tamworth, back in October, thanks to an 89th minute winner from former striker Ty Deacon.

Despite being in a perilous position, City themselves can score goals having got three of their own in the defeat to Boston, with Ty Duffus, Theo Robinson and Ben Beresford all getting on the scoresheet.

Saturday’s defeat was left with another bitter note when captain Spencer Hamilton was stretchered off at the final whistle with a suspected broken leg, although all fears were clarified by Hamilton himself on social media.

“Spencer is a big player for us so it could be a season ending injury, we now only have two fit defenders for Tuesday which is a bonus,” Cook said wryly.

“Hanksy (Joe Hanks) can play in defence if we need him but we ideally want him in midfield so we will have to assess who we have for the game and go from there.” he continued.

The visitors Tamworth are four wins away from securing the league title which would mean back-to-back league wins, and promotion to the National League for the very first time.

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