Youngsport: Schools reflect on third successive away loss
Portsmouth 4 Gloucester 2
GLOUCESTER Schools went down to Portsmouth in their first Berkshire League game – despite enjoying more possession than the Hampshire association.
With Kyffin, Collins and Gilkes in disciplined mood at the back Pompey had only one first half effort on goal, Evans converting two minutes after Cronin had given Gloucester a 23rd minute lead, the striker following up well after Berry's effort had been blocked.
Two strikes after the break put Portsmouth 3-1 up, but Cronin finished well following Drewett's cross to reduce the arrears. A fourth goal for the hosts sealed their victory, but despite having edged the game in terms of possession and seeing the home keeper have twice the ball contact of his opposite number, the city side were left to reflect on a third successive away defeat.
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Gloucester: Gardner-Medwin; Webb, Kyffin, Collins, Gilkes, Mace; Haswell, Basford, Douce; Drewett, Cronin. Subs: Berry, Rigby Mitchell.
Bassetlaw 4 Gloucester B 3
GLOUCESTERs B Squad was edged out by the odd goal in seven in their first Nottinghamshire tour game.
Williams and Martin combined to play in Priday to put the visitors ahead, but three home goals came before Priday reduced their advantage following Tyndall's pass.
Tarr extended the hosts' lead after the break before Tyndall's free kick gave Gloucester hope and only a brave save from the home keeper denied Priday a last-minute leveller.
Gainsborough 2 Gloucester B 2
GLOUCESTER took an early lead in their second tour outing, Hopkins setting up Martin for a neat finish, and it was Hopkins himself who extended the city side's lead.
Williams, Priday and Harris each saw efforts saved by the Gainsborough keeper before the home team struck twice either side of the interval to level up the scores. Good play from Morrissey in the city goal denied Gainsborough a winner, but Gloucester's display was worth a draw.
Gloucester B: Morrissey; Stubbs, Lawrence, Tyndall, Harris, McKenzie, Williams, Hatcher, Baron, Hopkins, Martin, Priday, King.