WILL Morford has swapped Gloucester City’s relegation dog-fight for Cirencester Town’s promotion push.
The long-serving striker has endured a stop-start season because of injury and Mehew hopes a spell of regular football will see him return to City as a better player.
Adam Mann left Gloucester for Shortwood at the end of last season and has improved with the move and Mehew says Morford must use that as motivation.
City host high-flying North Ferriby United on Saturday (3pm) for a game that Mehew is calling a "shot to nothing" as the Tigers look to scrape clear of the Skrill North drop zone.
“We didn’t too badly against Barrow on Tuesday night, we gave a team that had won nine out of 11 a good game and we will still improve,” Mehew said.
“There was enough encouragement there for the games ahead, they are some tough games coming up but it’s up to us to dig ourselves out of it.
“We have a shot to nothing against North Ferriby and we’ve done well against the top teams in the league this year so we can do that again.”
Mehew was pleased with certain aspects of his team’s performance in Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat, most notably the second debut showing of attacking midfielder Mann.
Playing in behind the front two in a 3-4-1-2 formation, the Hartpury College student showed glimpses of an understanding with strike duo Charlie Griffin and Connor Waldon.
“I thought Manny was terrific. We certainly have a better player now than we had when he left at the end of last season,” Mehew said.
“He has shown up really well in training and once he gets used to playing with people like Connor Waldon and Charlie Griffin he will kick-on again.
“The message now is for Will to go out and do the same at Cirencester. He needs to be playing every week to get his mojo back.
“Will is still very much part of the club but we have Connor Waldon for the next month so it’s a chance for him to go out and get games and goals under his belt.
“If he can return from his spell a better player, just like Manny has then everyone will have won.”
After giving goalkeeper Stuart Moore a full debut on Tuesday as well as introducing striker Nat Jarvis from the bench, Mehew could give defender Ruairidh Winters his first start tomorrow.
Unavailable against Barrow due to work commitments the big centre-half could press for a start in City’s central defensive three.
Goalkeeper Mike Green is definitely ruled out as he has picked up tonsillitis, while winger Matt Groves is away with work.
“We gave Marcus Giglio his first starts against two top teams in Hednesford and Altrincham so I have no problem in throwing Ruairidh in if he has shown up well in training,” Mehew added.