A trio of second half goals sealed Gloucester City a superb win away to play-off chasing Brackley Town and continue Tim Harris’ marvellous start to his second Tigers tenure.
Exeter City loanee Jake Gosling put away a wonderfully worked opener before Charlie Griffin returned to haunt his former employers with a close range header.
The game was sealed two minutes from time with Lewis Hogg’s audacious cross-cum-shot from the touchline that veered into the top corner of Billy Turley’s net.
Izak Reid had equalised for the St James Park side mid-way through the half, but it was always going to be City’s night with a fantastic team performance all round.
Harris’ men enjoyed most of the early exchanges with six corners in a row; the best chances conjured up by a duo of Jack Harris header’s.
Brackley proved their dangerous intentions when Jordan Goddard was felled on the halfway line, but referee Steve Barrow waved play on and Steve Diggin found himself in on goal but his lob left a lot to be desired.
Adam Mann proved to be the Tigers main attacking outlet during the first half, and tested the Saints backline with a mazy run seeing his shot deflected wide.
In a sequence that summed up a disjointed half the home side continued to pepper the Tigers area with no real intent, but the City defence just couldn’t clear for what seemed an eternity.
With the break approaching Gosling’s teasing free kick was headed across goal with Mann and defender David Bridges both ending up tangled in the net, with the ball evading both.
Billy Jones spurred the game into life five minutes into the second half with a stunning low drive from the wing that couldn’t find Griffin, but ended up at the feet of Gosling who misjudged his angles and shot at the side netting.
The Tigers received their just reward on 57 minutes through newcomer Gosling who capitalised on a sumptuous through ball from Griffin to round Turley and slot his first City goal.
The hosts immediately became more threatening in the final third with Diggin pounding two efforts into the danger zone only for the Tigers to clear their lines.
Harris brought on impact sub Joe Parker who immediately sprung the offside trap, via a brilliantly weighted ball from Griffin, but the youngster fluffed his lines and dragged the ball wide.
Parker was using his pace yet again after Matt Roome, making his league debut for the club, shuffled the ball down the right into his path, but no one was in the middle to take advantage.
Against the run of play, Brackley equalised with Reid finding minimal space at the back post, but the midfielder saw a gap and curled the ball into the far corner.
City hit back immediately with Parker darting down the touchline and chipped the ball to the back post where Griffin was there to nod home and restore the Tigers lead.
Gloucester didn’t look back at Gosling tested Turkey once again during an impressive display.
The contest was sealed in the 88th minute when Hogg swung in a vicious free kick from the touchline that went high over everyone in the box and nestled perfectly in the top right hand corner.
The victory moves the Tigers three points clear of the Skrill North relegation zone with games in hand on a majority of the sides around them.
Brackley Town: B. Turley, R, Clerima, D. Langdon, D. Bridges (Rowe 51), T. Sharpe, R. Austin, I. Reid, B. Solkhon, S. Moore, S. Diggin, G. Walker
Subs not used: E. Nisevic, E. Odhiambo, O. Story, G. Mulligan
Goals: Reid 77
Gloucester City: M. Green, M. Roome, B. Jones, M. Coupe, J. Harris, J. Goddard, L. Hogg, M. Groves (Parker 63), A. Mann, C. Griffin, J. Gosling (Hanks 90)
Subs not used: M. Giglio, T. Webb, C. Waldon
Goals: Gosling 57, Griffin 78, Hogg 88
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