City came from a goal down for a hard worked 2-1 victory against promotion chasing Guiseley.\r\n\r\nIn a disjointed game, disrupted for 15 minutes in the second half the Tigers showed team spirit and determination to break down one of the strongest teams they’ve played this season.\r\n\r\nIn an uneventful first half City matched their northern opponents break for break, in a stale 45 minutes of defensive football.\r\n\r\nBoth back lines held firm with Guiseley captain Simon Ainge leading his defence with verve. In a solid showing Ainge popped up all over the pitch to close down City’s midfield and thwart any attacking runs.\r\n\r\nFor the Tigers Matt Coupe stood strong, blocking one shot from Chris Senior with his face, alongside the ever dependable Mike Green.\r\n\r\nIt took the half time break for the game to come alive.\r\n\r\nGuiseley scored a sublime opener minutes into the half, Senior darting up the wing and slotting a cross through the legs of Coupe to James Walshaw who slid it past Lewis Carey with a flick. But the lead was short lived as Gloucester stepped up a gear.\r\n\r\nTheo Lewis, on for Steve Davies, made a dream debut, jumping up to head home a Matt Lock free kick on 53 minutes. But in the build up to the goal Jack Harris collided with Steve Drench and was knocked to the floor, landing awkwardly on his neck. The young defender lay motionless for ten minutes, tended to by St John’s Ambulance staff and the team doctor. Referee Neil Radford, who had been in charge the night Harris broke his leg at Whaddon Road, watched on.\r\n\r\nAfter a 15 minutes break Harris gingerly walked off the pitch and play continued, Sam Rawlings joining the field in Harris’ place. Guiseley were quicker to find their feet, with Mike Green working hard to stop Walshaw getting a second goal with a series of blocks and defensive tackles.\r\n\r\nLewis almost scored a second too. On what would’ve been the last minute Green played a neat ball down the right wing to Mullings who beat two men to cross into the box. Lewis powered another onto the inside of the crossbar before Edwards took what seemed like an age to control the rebound, bring it down and  fire past Drench to put City ahead.\r\n\r\nWith a slim lead to protect City threw everyone behind the ball with Morford and Edwards helping block Guiseley out as the added time wore down. Carey was forced to make a snapshot save and Walshaw fired another shot wide as City rode out an important win.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: L Carey, M Green YC, J Harris YC  (S Rawlings 68) M Coupe YC, M Rose YC , T Webb, M Lock, D Mullings YC, D Edwards, W Morford, S Davies (T Lewis 46). Subs: G Lloyd, N Mustoe\r\n\r\nGuiseley AFC: S Drench, S Ainge, D Merris, D Merris, C Toner, D Ellis, M Wilson (D Forrest, S Baldry, D Boshell, C Senior (J O’Neill 83), J Walshaw, A Holdsworth (M Burns 74) Subs: D Lisles\r\n\r\nAtt: 285\r\n\r\nReferee: Neil Radford (Worcester)\r\n\r\n

Gloucester City AFC | Theo Lewis

Gloucester City AFC | Theo Lewis

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