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Gloucester City boss Dave Mehew targets victory over high-flying Guiseley

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

FINISHING TOUCHES: Will Morford sees his shot go wide during Saturday's 1-0 win over Bradford PA

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MAINTAIN the momentum over the next seven days and Gloucester City can charge into the top half of the Blue Square Bet North table, says boss Dave Mehew.

A fabulous run of six wins from their past eight games has lifted City into a position of relative comfort in Blue Square Bet North.

But with games against second-placed Guiseley tonight, traditional non-League powerhouses FC Halifax Town and play-off chasing Oxford City to come, Mehew wants no let-up in his side's intent.

City secured a 1-0 win against Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday and despite being pleased with the three points, Mehew was happy to nit-pick at the performance.

"I told the lads after the game that we were a little bit sloppy in front of goal as we could and should have won by more," he said.

"But I'll stick up for the striker's union and say that we're at least creating chances, which is a good thing.

"Now we need to have a big week because we've got three tough games coming up. Guiseley, Oxford and Halifax is a tough set of games – let's hope the good run is still intact after it.

"We set the lads a target for the middle section of the season which was 21 points from 14 games and after eight games we're nearly there.

"Our record in the first third was only 13 from 14 and that was relegation form.

"So we knew we had to improve and we have done.

"Now we have to kick on and ensure safety as early as we can, which is always our first target in every season."

But Mehew says the pressure will be off his side tonight as the Lions head to Gloucestershire knowing that they have to win to keep up the pressure on long-term leaders Chester FC.

Currently 14 points behind Chester, Guiseley will need to win each of their four games in hand to hold out any chance of catching the Blues at the top of the table.

Mehew said: "There will be no pressure on us and all the pressure on Guiseley because they have to win.

"We will go in to the game with the confidence we've gained from this recent run and know that we'll be able to give any side at this level a game.

"We won at Brackley who were third last week and beat Guiseley last year, so we know that he have what it takes to get a result if we perform like we can."

Jack Harris is set to miss the game after the defender turned midfielder picked up a knock in the Bradford Park Avenue victory.

Matt Liddiard will return to the squad from his loan spell from near neighbours Bishop's Cleeve to cover the versatile Harris' absence.

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