TIM Harris is not a man for resting on his laurels, despite being able to declare mission accomplished in Gloucester City’s battle to avoid the drop from Skrill North.
Saturday’s battling point against Vauxhall Motors secured City a sixth season of Conference North football – something that looked a pipe dream when Harris took over at the end of February.
But a run of six wins, two draws and only one defeat since taking the reins full time have propelled City up the table and secured their place in the division with four games remaining.
City welcome rock-bottom Workington to Whaddon Road tonight (7.45pm) for the first of four games that Harris believes will offer his side a good test of their credentials.
“When I took charge if I had been offered the chance to be safe in the league with four games to go, then I would have taken it,” Harris said.
“It was a tall order to do and to get 20 points from the games we’ve had has been a testament to the efforts of the players in that time.
“And while it may be a case of job done, it’s also a time when the hard work starts too.
“We now have four games against teams all of whom have different challenges ahead of them, from Workington at the bottom to Telford who are pushing for the title.
“Those four games are great tests for the character of my lads, of how we deal with playing in different situations.”
Injury-hit City started poorly against Vauxhall and were two goals down approaching half-time before Jack Harris headed home to start a fight back.
Nat Jarvis’ first City goal earned a share of the spoils and despite still being short of midfield options, Harris will be demanding much better for the visit of the basement boys.
Adam Mann returns to the squad to beef up the attacking options, but the game has come just too early for striker Charlie Griffin and loan midfielder Joe Hanks.
“It was going to be a tall order on Saturday because we were unbalanced but we fought back to gain a point, which was a positive,” Harris said.
“Despite being unbalanced there was no excuse for the performance in the first half on Saturday and we know we have to be much better than that.”
Tonight’s game will be free for all supporters under the age of 18 as City trial an offer that will be available throughout the 2014/15 season.