Concord Rangers 2-0 Gloucester City
Gloucester City endured a frustrating afternoon as they were beaten by Concord Rangers in their National League South opener.
A goal in either half from debutant Alex Wall, was enough to seal all three points for the hosts, who played the second half with 10 men after Lee Minsull was sent off for a bizarre incident at half-time.
Despite the man advantage, City were unable to penetrate a stubborn Rangers defence as the home side dug deep to earn a deserved victory.
Concord started the brighter with Jack Midson forcing Yates into action on a couple of occasions early on.
But the City keeper had no chance of keeping out Alex Wall’s strike in the 26th minute, the striker got on the end of Minsull’s header and fired the ball home, giving Concord the lead.
It could so easily have been two moments later, when Midson saw his header bounce off the top of the crossbar.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men at the break, when the referee, after consulting with his linesman, sent off Minsull following an altercation with Joe Hanks.
Into the second-half, despite having more of the ball, City found it difficult to create any clear chances.
Ben Seymour attempted an audacious lob on the hour mark, only for Beasant to tip the ball over the bar.
And the Concord keeper easily saved an effort from Matt Liddiard as the Tigers began to grow increasingly frustrated.
With 20 minutes to go, Yates was almost caught off his line when Danny Green hit a fabulous effort from long-range, but the City man was able to parry the ball over the top of the bar.
The home side sealed the points 12 minutes from the end. Wall grabbing his second with a clinical finish after beating the offside trap, condemning City to an opening day defeat.
Yates, Liddiard, Deaman, Hanks, Avery (c), Hamilton, Seymour, Knowles, Jackson, Mawford (Lawrence 78), Page (Parker 58)
Subs Not Used:
Williams, Edge, Smerdon,
Next up for the Tigers is the first home game of the season against Oxford City on Tuesday 7th 19:45 KO.
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By Harry Hogg