Man­ager Gill im­pressed by his bat­tlers

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Football -

JERRY Gill has praised the spirit in his Bath City side after see­ing them climb up to third place in the Na­tional League South ta­ble.

The Ro­mans com­pleted a busy sched­ule of six games in 19 days with a goal­less draw at Slough on Tues­day night. And the spirit shown by his squad has im­pressed boss Gill, pic­tured.

“We’re miss­ing a hell of a lot of play­ers,” he said. “We’re third in the league, which is a great feat for us. We haven’t got the big­gest budget in the league, we’d be mid-ta­ble on budget, but we have a group of play­ers that want to achieve and want to win things.

“That’s five clean sheets in six we’ve kept. That’s a re­ally good back­bone to have. It shows we’ve got some grit, and de­ter­mi­na­tion in the group; they knew they weren’t play­ing at their best (on Tues­day) but they didn’t want to get beaten.”

Bath will be keen to main­tain their cur­rent form when East Thur­rock United are the vis­i­tors for to­day’s clash.

East Thur­rock are in the drop zone, al­though they did taste vic­tory last time out, al­beit against fel­low strug­glers Glouces­ter City.

The Ro­mans are ten points be­hind lead­ers Torquay, and eight be­hind Wok­ing, in se­cond.

Else­where, Chip­pen­ham travel to Bil­ler­icay, who presently sit in the fi­nal play-off spot.

Back in Au­gust, the Blue­birds be­came the first side to de­feat the then ta­ble-top­ping Es­sex side, who de­spite changes be­hind the scenes and a re­duc­tion in their budget are still sign­ing play­ers on full-time con­tracts.

In con­trast, the mid-ta­ble Blue­birds are look­ing to lo­cal league sides for loan sign­ings as man­ager Mark Col­lier is down to the bare bones.

In­juries rule out Greg Tin­dle, Cur­tis McDon­ald, Alex Fer­gu­son, Cal­lum Gun­ner and Yan Klukowski, while Rhys Davies has re­turned to his par­ent club Shrews­bury after sus­tain­ing a ham­string in­jury in last Saturday’s de­feat to East­bourne Bor­ough.

At the bot­tom, base­ment side We­ston-su­per-Mare have a game away to East­bourne, while 21stplaced Glouces­ter play their first game un­der the stew­ard­ship of Mike Cook against Hunger­ford – the team im­me­di­ately above the rel­e­ga­tion places. The Tigers play that game at home.

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