Joe Parker’s first half goal was enough to earn all three points as Gloucester edged out Eastbourne Borough at Priory Lane in the National League South.

The result is City’s sixth victory in their last eight and lifts them up to 13th in the table.

The Tigers produced a very professional display from start to finish to continue their impressive form.

After a quiet opening ten minutes, a defensive error allowed Parker to pounce on a loose ball and calmly slot the ball home past Mark Smith in the Boro goal to give the Tigers a dream start.

The hosts produced a decent response and thought they had levelled through Lloyd Dawes, only for the goal to be correctly chalked off for handball.

City continued to frustrate the home side, who struggled to create any real opening’s in the first half.

Their only real chance came when Yemi Odubade broke the lines to run through one on one, only for James Hamon to produce a fine save to deny the Nigerian striker.

The second half started largely the same, but with City remaining solid and well organised at the back, whilst consistently looking dangerous on the break.

Odubade continued to look like the hosts biggest threat and saw another effort fire wide of the post just before the hour mark.

Parker then spurned a golden chance to finish the home side off, when he fired narrowly over after being played in by Kavanagh, who himself wasted a clear-cut chance to double the lead.

Boro continued to push forward in the final stages, but failed to penetrate a resolute City backline. Gavin McCallum wasted the final opportunity in the closing minutes, smashing a desperate last attempt wide of the post.

City saw out the last few minutes of injury time to claim another valuable three points.

After the game Marc Richards had this to say, 

“It wasn’t a good performance, no, but they’ve been resilient, they’ve defended really well but despite the performance I’m ecstatic that we’ve come away with the three points and a one nil win. I thought they played the better football and probably deserved to get at least a point maybe all three, but it shows what the boys are capable of, didn’t play well today but still got the win.”  

Next up, Gloucester host relegation threatened Hungerford Town next Saturday, followed by a difficult trip to promotion chasing Hemel Hempstead.

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