FC United of Manchester will be hoping for a third successive win in the Vanarama National League North when Gloucester City visit Broadhurst Park on Saturday (KO 15:00 GMT).

The Rebels ended an eight-game winless run in the league with back-to-back victories over Stockport County and leaders Nuneaton Town.

As a result, Karl Marginson’s side have moved three points clear of the bottom three but have not played in 10 days.

Second-bottom Gloucester, meanwhile, will take to the field for the first time in a fortnight since their 1-0 defeat at Brackley which plunged the Tigers into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

City, who have been at this level since 2009, have not managed to beat any of their last five opponents since edging past Corby Town at the end of October.

Both sides have lost 10 of their 19 league outings so far this term, while FC have won six games compared to Gloucester’s four.

The Moston-based outfit appear to be moving in the right direction having taken seven points from their last three outings which currently leaves them in 14th place.

But the newly-promoted side have struggled in their own backyard of late, losing five in a row at home before recovering from letting a two-goal lead slip to stun Nuneaton with a 3-2 win on December 9.

FC’s debut match in the sixth tier was a 1-0 defeat by Gloucester on the opening day of the season as Obi Anoruo’s first-half goal was enough for Tim Harris’s men at Whaddon Road.

Gloucester continue to ground share with National League outfit Cheltenham Town but confirmed this week that progress is continuing to be made in their bid to return to Gloucester and move into a new stadium.

The Tigers are the division’s lowest scorers with just 13 goals and have only won once on the road so far but can lift themselves out of the bottom three with a positive result.

However, FC United will be confident of recording three wins on the spin for the first time since February which could stave off the immediate threat of being dragged back into trouble.

The promising form of captain Tom Greaves, top scorer Sam Madeley and Chester loanee George Thomson will also encourage the Rebels ahead of a busy festive period against teams around them in the table – including a double header with Bradford Park Avenue.

 

Team News:

FC United boss Karl Marginson could field an unchanged team for the third game running by keeping faith with the same XI who helped to beat Stockport and Nuneaton.

It means Thomson and Harry Winter, who have settled well in the team, would continue in the side as well as Tom Smyth and Scott Kay having made their debuts at Edgeley Park a fortnight ago.

Rory Patterson is still suspended after he was sent off in the Rebels’ FA Trophy defeat to Telford United last month within 10 minutes of coming on as a substitute.

Meanwhile, Gloucester defender Sam Avery’s red card against Brackley on December 5 was rescinded so he will be available to return.

 

Provisional Squads:

FC United of Manchester:  Carnell (GK), King (GK), Stott, Kay, Smyth, Thurston, Cheetham, Sheridan, Ashworth, Cooke, Fallon, Brown, Winter, Murray, Patterson, Daniels, Lindfield, Greaves (c), Wolfenden, Madeley.

Gloucester City:  Singh (GK), Bowen, Hamilton, Knowles, Jones, Richards, Avery, Hanks, Smith, Dinsley, Webb (c), Anoruo, Hall, H Williams, M Williams, Miller.

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