Gloucester City’s winning run came to an end as three second-half goals including a stunning free-kick from Jordan Parkes claimed all three points for the hosts.

City were ahead at the break thanks to Ed Williams but were unable to resist a dominant second-half performance from the Hempstead, who scored three goals in the last half hour.

The hosts marginally edged what was a quiet first-half in which both sides struggled to create any real chances.

But it was City who went into the break with the lead, Ed Williams finished well when some poor defending from Hempstead left the forward in acres of space.

Into the second half, it looked to be more of the same with City continuing to frustrate the hosts. But the pressure began to tell with City giving away some silly free-kicks in dangerous areas.

And in the 57th minute, they were finally punished when they failed to deal with the second ball, which consequently fell to the feet of David Mayo, who slotted home to level the score.

From that point, Hempstead were comfortably in control with City unable to find any real rhythm going forward.

But the Tigers were resolute in their defending, and despite the large spells of possession from the hosts, it looked as if the points were going to be shared.

However, into the final ten minutes, City gave away another needless set piece and were punished for the second time.

Top scorer Jordan Parkes stepped up and produced a spectacular strike, leaving keeper James Hamon with no chance.

In response manager Marc Richards threw on Jamal Lawrence for his debut.

But City’s afternoon was compounded in the dying minutes when Sanchez Watt played in Karl Oliyide who finished well to seal all three points for the home side.

By Harry Hogg

Twitter: @HazHogg

Hemel Hempstead 3-1 Gloucester City AFC

E. Williams 38

D. Moyo 57

J. Parkes 77

K. Oliyide 89

 

Team:

Hamon, Thomas, Parselle, Cundy, M. Williams, Knowles, Parker, Webb (c), H. Williams (Morford 11), E. Williams (Lawrence 81), Hall (Hamilton 71)

Subs not used: Edge, Kelly

Next up for Gloucester is a home game against St. Albans on Saturday 31st March.

Post-match reaction will be available on the clubs YouTube channel as well as the website.

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