TIM HARRIS hopes his Gloucester City side have discovered the winning habit, and he wants it to carry on at Histon tomorrow.
Saturday’s 1-0 win over Stalybridge Celtic – described as “fortunate” by the manager – took the Tigers’ points tally under Harris to 13 out of a possible 15, and moved them up to 18th in the table.
They go to 20th-placed Histon with a five-point gap over the Cambridgeshire side – a massive turnaround from the position City were in when the Stutes came to Whaddon Road for Harris’ first game in charge three weeks ago.
City won that game 2-0, and have since beaten Stockport, Brackley and Stalybridge, and drawn at Gainsborough.
“That Histon match was a very big game,” said Harris. “We were seven points behind them with two games in hand, and that win started it all off.
“Had we lost that, we would have been 10 points behind them, but put in a good performance.
“Now we have to go down there, a long trip on a Tuesday night, and do another professional job.”
Since that game, Histon have lost a number of senior players, and their side on Saturday against Leamington had an average age of 19 years eight months, but Harris is not concerning himself with other clubs and their issues.
“It can’t be about Histon, or Oxford, Workington, Stalybridge or anyone else,” said Harris.
“It has to be about us and hopefully we are getting into a winning habit.
“We have 13 points from five games having won once in 12 before that, and I have found out a lot about the players in these last few games.
“I went to Solihull after I was appointed and just watched that game while Matt Rose and Neil Mustoe took charge as I thought it was important to see how they performed. They looked unbalanced and no threat in the box apart from set-pieces.
“I have bought in one or two who have made a difference and settled things down, going back to basics by making sure the players know their jobs.
“I know it was always going to be a challenge and a lot of people said I was mad to leave Newport and take this on, but I am keeping a positive outlook.”
Harris says he has no points target in mind – he just wants to maintain this run for as long as possible.
“We have nine games left, and I want us to look forward to games rather than having any sort of fear factor,” he said.
“It is all about positivity. I want us to go out and go for goals, then we have something to defend. There has been too much negativity about, but now we have won four and drawn one, having won one in 12 prior to that, which says it all.”
City will be backed at Histon by a subsidised coach of supporters,
who again have been praised by Harris.
“From a personal point of view, I cannot speak highly enough of the fans,” he said.
“They have kept the club going. Without them turning up every week, there would not be a Gloucester City.”