Gloucester City produced a thoroughly professional display to beat Dorking away 3-0 and set up an FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Home tie against National League side Bromley.

A brace from Jake Jackson and a Joe Parker goal were enough to see off a spirited Dorking Wanderers side who were missing talismanic striker Jason Prior who had scored twice on Saturday to force the replay at Meadowbank.

Both teams started brightly with City not adverse to the 4G surface and were rewarded for the positive start with an early left footed strike from Jake Jackson with Joe Parker providing the assist.

City, playing some very good football were now in control and had Dorking chasing the ball until a nasty clash of heads between Lavery and Smerdon saw Spencer Hamilton come on to replace the City youngster who was celebrating his 18th birthday.

It did not take long for the Tigers to add a second with Joe Parker being picked out from a counter attack, poached the loose ball, ran between two defenders and fired with his left in the bottom right hand corner.

City were in control but Dorking kept pressing and Matt Yates pulled off a great finger tip save down to his left from a flicked header.

City went in to the break 2-0 up and didn’t relent after the break. They controlled the midfield thanks to the efforts of Matt Liddiard, Jamie Edge and Chris Knowles all doing the unglamorous jobs, harassing the Dorking midfield and breaking down the Wanderers attacks.

Despite forcing Matt Yates into two further incredible saves and the centre back pairing of Williams and Avery clearing every rebound, Dorking simply couldn’t find the break through and eventually conceded the final body blow as once again Parker provided the assist for Jake Jackson to score his second and his fifth in four competitive appearances for the Tigers.

The visiting side saw out the game, weathering a late Dorking onslaught to book their place in the next round of the FA Cup against Bromley at Evesham on the 20th October.

 

 

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