Preview: Stags hoping to strike Gold against Gloucestershire

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Gloucestershire All Golds coach Brad Hepi will be hoping for a change of fortune in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One match against Hemel Stags.

The All Golds started with two wins from their first three league fixtures, but haven’t won since the end of March when they beat Gateshead Thunder.

And Hemel have been dealt a major blow with the news that Mitchell Barbara faces an extended spell on the sidelines after breaking his ankle against London Skolars.

Barbara is out for a minimum of three months and could miss the rest of the season.

Stags coach Troy Perkins said: “It’s a blow, but Ben Young will slot into where Mitchell was.

“We beat ourselves against London, and we want to put that right this week.”

Hemel duo Ciaren Clement-Pascal (shoulder) and Ben Thorburn (knee) are also ruled out for a match Perkins expects to be extremely challenging.

Perkins said: “I’m expecting a really tough game. Last year they were a decent team, and this year they’ve improved. They’ve brought in some more experienced players that get them around the field a bit better, and they’ve also got a bigger pack than last year.