Four-goal Tigers roar to commanding victory as Centurions are put to sword
A RAMPANT second-half display from Gloucester City sealed a good victory over Cirencester Town in preparation for their Skrill North campaign.
Headers from Darren Mullings and Will Morford, a lovely lob from Scott Wilson and a rifled effort from Lewis Hogg completed the job as the Tigers continue to roar ahead of their league opener against North Ferriby United on Saturday week.
The Centurions had taken the lead late in the first half after two former City players teamed up. First Lee Smith was brought down for the penalty, before Steve Davies slotted it home.
Heading back to their former home of three seasons, the Corinium Stadium, City looked comfortable by quelling Cirencester attacks but failing to produce anything useful in the early stages.
Traditional Shave, Facial Treatment, Whisky and a Shoe Shine -...View details
Gents, enjoy a traditional shave, facial treatment, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £31
Terms: Early and later appointments available upon request.
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
The first chance of note came after Hogg knocked back a free-kick to Mullings who shot wide.
City boss Dave Mehew's men looked the more potent as Matt Groves latched on to a Mike Green ball from defence but lashed his shot past the woodwork. Former City star Smith, who made more than 300 appearances for the club, was looking in good form as he jinked through the defence, deftly lobbed over Green wide – but wide.
The breakthrough came just before the break after Smith had burst through the backline and was brought down by Matt Coupe and Davies stepped up to convert the spot-kick.
A reinvigorated City exploded out of the blocks with Mullings glancing a sumptuous Groves corner into the near post to equalise.
Ex-Arsenal and Cheltenham Town midfielder Jamie Edge replaced the goalscorer and looked to impress.
After nice build-up play from Tyler Weir, the Tigers took the lead with Hogg rifling an effort home from 20 yards out.
A little over a minute later, it was 3-1. Substitute Wilson was played over from midfield and cheekily lobbed Glyn Garner in goal.
The Centurions still looked threatening with Smith producing a wonderful save from Green from a bicycle kick and with Chris Holland seeing two trademark headers smash wide.
The fourth and final goal came in the 72nd minute with Morford scoring an almost identical goal to Mullings, by flicking on a devious Hogg corner only a minute after coming on.
Mehew's side continued to excel in possession, and after an outrageous back-heel from Edge, Weir could only place his shot wide.
It was a promising performance for the Tigers as they face two final friendlies against Evesham United tomorrow and Bishop's Cleeve on Monday.
Cirencester Town: G Garner, S Anson, E Dunton, J Mortimer-Jones, C Holland, L Henry, J Shepherd (B Hooper 69), D Bromley (J Beedon 69), L Smith, S Davies, A Bennett (S Collier 69). Unused substitutes: S Packer, J Bevan.
Gloucester City: MJ Green, MF Green, T Weir, M Coupe, J Harris, M Liddiard (T Webb 61), S Turl (K Tracey 70), D Edwards (W Morford 70), D Mullings (S Wilson 61), M. Groves (J Edge 53). Unused substititute: R. Batten.