Braintree Town 3-0 Gloucester City
Grant 50, 90
Gloucester City were well-beaten on the final day of the league season by Braintree at the Ironmonger Stadium.
City frustrated the hosts throughout what was a competitive first-half and even had a goal disallowed.
Three second-half goals, two from Reece Grant either side of a strike from Josh Hill did the damage as the Tigers faded late on.
The result see’s Gloucester finish 14th in the National League South on 53 points.
The game started at a frantic pace, with both sides trying to push forward but it was Braintree who had the first real chance when Allen smashed his effort over the bar.
City thought they had taken the lead when Joe Parker fired home from a Williams cross, only for the linesman’s flag to go up.
On the half-hour mark, the hosts came close again when Reece rattled the woodwork with a chipped effort.
Despite the lack of chances created by City, they managed to frustrate the home side in the opening period.
City started the second-half on the back-foot and were put under some real pressure in the opening minutes.
And it wasn’t long before the Irons found the opening, Alan produced a brilliant cross which was headed in at close range by Grant to give the home side a deserved lead.
City’s attacking emphasis faded once losing the first goal and they struggled to create anything of note in the final stages of the game.
Thirteen minutes from the end, the Irons sealed the three points. A corner from Crook was met sweetly on the half-volley by Josh Hill, leaving Hannah helpless in the City goal.
In the dying moments, Grant added a third to compound City’s poor afternoon with a good finish.
The hosts closed the game out well, keeping good possession of the ball as they claimed their place in the play-offs.
Hannah, Thomas, Parselle, M.Williams, Avery, Smerdon, Lawrence (Kelly 54), Hanks (Edge 45), Parker (Turner 76), E.Williams, Hall
Subs not used: Hamilton, Morford
Referee: Jack Packham
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