Gloucester City boss Tim Harris says that his side are fully focused on the visit of FC Halifax Town this Saturday after bowing out of the Emirates FA Cup in midweek.

Harris’ side were knocked out of the FA Cup on Tuesday at the hands of Hemel gcafcHempstead Town and the Tigers boss knows how disappointing it is to be eliminated from the competition.

“I said at the time it’s disappointing to go out of the cup at any round. To not do yourselves justice on the pitch though makes it even more annoying.”

Despite a disappointing showing on Tuesday night, Harris praised his young squad.

“We’ve got a good group of lads here and they’re very honest” Harris said. “We’ve had a really good chat at training to try and get the disappointment and the anger out and they’ve reacted well.”

With FC Halifax Town the visitors to Whaddon Road on Saturday, Harris says that the squad are now focused on the tough test that the Yorkshire side will bring.

“Losing to Hemel is now in the back of our minds and we now have to focus on Halifax and we all know how difficult it’s going to be.

“[FC Halifax Town manager] Billy Heath did remarkably well with North Ferriby last year and they got promoted, but he’s left them now and come to Halifax and invested very heavily in the squad.

“Everyone at this level knows their kingpin striker Tom Denton who is a towering figure and very dangerous all over the park so that’s something we’ll have to deal with.”

Harris will be looking for a positive reaction from the squad against a difficult side.

“The lads are okay” he said. “They’ve got to carry on what they’ve been doing for a large part of this season so far in terms of being expressive, being positive and keeping playing with smiles on their faces.”

With Lewis Hall set to miss out through injury and Leroy Odiero sent out on loan to Evesham United for the rest of the season, Harris has bolstered his defensive options by bringing in Danny Greenslade on loan from Bristol Rovers.

“Leroy has gone to Evesham as I felt he struggled in the first game against Hemel, he looked nervous and uncomfortable.

“I felt that where he is at the stage of his career there was no point us pushing him to Evesham for a couple of games, then coming back, then going again.

“I really think the lad has got a lot of potential with some good attributes. At this stage of his development, he needs to go out and play 15 to 25 games a season. I’ve told him his career at Gloucester is not over and that we’ll look at it in the New Year.

“That leaves us a gap with Lewis out so I’ve spoken to a few managers this week and Darrell Clarke at Bristol Rovers has done me a big favour.

“This lad, Danny Greenslade, is a very good competitor. He’s strong, he can play along the back line and it gives us a bit more flexibility.”


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