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Gloucester city boss Mehew challenges cameo man Davies to deliver

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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STEVE Davies has been told to seize his chance by Gloucester City boss Dave Mehew after his goalscoring cameo against Brackley Town on Tuesday night.

The Welsh winger has endured a stop-start season due to injury and indifferent form, despite being the Tigers' match-winner on more than one occasion.

But with winger Bagasan Graham departing the Tigers after a two-month loan spell from Cheltenham Town, Mehew is set to hand Davies a home start against Bradford Park Avenue tomorrow (3pm).

"Now it's time for Steve to really kick on and make that place his over the next few games," Mehew said.

"I left Bagasan out at Brackley on Tuesday night as I changed the system that we played, to go with three centre-halves.

"He's been a bit of an enigma during his time with us and I feel he's never really got out of second gear, despite starting our great run with a terrific goal at Vauxhall in his first game.

"We were probably going to send him back after the Bradford game anyway because I feel I have got options elsewhere in the side.

"And having come off the bench and got a crucial goal against Brackley, now it's time for Steve to ask himself if he just wants to be an impact player for us.

"He's been terrific at times for us and got some crucial goals this season, but he's never tied down that spot in the side and now he's going to get his chance."

Having tinkered with the team in recent games, Mehew will leave it late before picking a starting line-up to take on mid-table Bradford.

He played Matt Coupe, Chris Holland and Tom Hamblin as a three-man central defensive line on Tuesday and moved Jack Harris into midfield. With striker Will Morford available again after work commitments in Sweden with Cirencester College, Mehew admits that he's got plenty to ponder.

"We didn't play as well at Brackley as we had done when we lost at Altrincham on the Saturday, but we dug out a result which was pleasing," Mehew said.

"We did a job on them and the three centre-halves were excellent, as was Jack Harris in midfield and Adam Mann playing just off the front man.

"All of them deserve to start again on Saturday after doing their jobs so well, but I will have a good long think and pick the side that I think will win the game.

"But the great thing is that I've got competition in the squad now with players who can all do a job when they're called upon.

"I've got Sam Rawlings playing so well that he's keeping Mike Green out of the side at right-back and I want that kind of competition all over the park.

"But with the amount of games we've got coming up over the next few months, we'll need to use our squad to the full."

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