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Gloucester City: Where has it gone wrong so far this season?

Gloucester City have now lost three on the bounce in all competitions following their 2-1 defeat away to Chesham United in the FA Trophy on Saturday afternoon. That loss now means that the Tigers have only managed two wins in their last 13 games as they continue to struggle in the National League South.

They currently sit 16th in the table with a tally of 22 points which leaves them only five points above the relegation zone.  They started playing their home games at Evesham United at the start of the season, having previously played at Whaddon Road. They’ve had to adapt to new surroundings but why is it that the team are struggling so much this year?

Under-performing strikers? 

Tim Harris’ men have five registered strikers at the club and their strike rate is perhaps not at the level the manager would like as they have only managed seven goals between them with Joe Parker scoring six of them and Jack Storer netting the other one. They are clearly lacking goals with the side’s goal difference at minus nine this season.  There are also only four teams in the division that have scored fewer goals than the Tigers which needs to change if they want to rise up the table.

Cannot hold onto to results?

They are really struggling to avoid defeats so far this season in comparison with other teams in the league with only three teams having more defeats than them. Among these three teams is Whitehawk who are bottom of the table with a minus 37 goal difference. This combined with the fact that they have the equal-lowest draws shows that they cannot stay in games when they are on the back foot.

Inconsistent form?

If we can tell anything from Gloucester this season it’s that they need to have momentum with them as they seem to go on a good run for a while but lose all that progress by following it up with a number of defeats. This was the case back in August after beating Hemel Hempstead 1-0 as following that they won four games in a row. Since then though that form has become insignificant as they’ve only won two out of 13, which has really hampered their progress.

Shaky defence?

There defensive performances are also causing a real issue as they have suffered nine league defeats and five of them have all been losses by at least two goals. This may not be helpful for their goal difference as they are not limiting the damage when in these positions. This could be the difference between safety and relegation.

Overall its been a tough season so far for Gloucester and they’ll need to improve certain elements if they wish to change their fortunes as, if not, they could well be in a relegation battle come the end of the campaign.

They face Eastbourne Borough on Saturday, who are currently one place ahead of them in the league, and have not won in their last four matches which could represent an opportunity for the Tigers to get a much-needed win.

Check out the Tim Harris’s reaction from the FA Trophy defeat against Chesham United here:

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