A youthful and experimental Gloucester City was taught a stark lesson after a clinical display from Cirencester Town saw a one-sided affair at the Corinium Stadium.
The Tigers, who hadn’t won a pre-season friendly heading into the contest, almost started perfectly when Ben Hunt was played through but blazed over the bar when the chance came.
A minute later, Hunt made amends after a superb Brett James cross picked out the striker who finished with aplomb in the penalty area, a goal to impress stand-in manager Adie Harris in David Mehew’s absence.
However, that was as good as it got for City as an experienced Cirencester Town side took control of the game and scored immediately when former Tiger Alex Allard shot brilliantly from 25 yards into the top right hand corner.
The Southern League South and West side continued to pressurise the young City backline and were almost rewarded when Jamie Reid shot searchingly and deflected just wide.
The second half started with Cirencester attacking City early, and was rewarded when referee Lewis Price noticed holding in the box and awarded the penalty; which Sam Collier slotted coolly past Aaron Thompson.
With the Tigers backline still reeling from the penalty, the Centurions struck again after fantastic work from James Mortimer-Jones saw the striker finish superbly to send Ciren in to a two goal lead.
The Centurions continued to toy with the young Tigers and were again rewarded for their dominance on the hour when Thompson palmed away a shot into the run of Mortimer-Jones to score his second of the game.
In response, City sent on young striker Joe Parker who almost made an immediate impact but was denied by the post after good work from Jack Twyman.
The final goal of the contest came with 20 minutes remaining; a mazy run from Nathan Hawkins found Allard at the back post who looped in a header to make it five.
The Tigers travel to Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday hoping to rebound from this defeat when many recognised first-teamers will return to the starting line-up.
Cirencester Town: C. Thompson, S. Bailey, E. Dunton, M. Sysum (Mansell 75), A. Allard, N. Hawkins, J. Reid (O’Brien 51), J. Mortimer-Jones, S. Collier (Griffin 72), D. Hale (Bumphrey 51), A. Bennett (Williams 51)
Goals: Allard 8, 70, Collier 46, Mortimer-Jones 48, 61
Gloucester City: A. Thompson, S. Rawlings, L. Cavanah (Twyman 62), K. Mace, T. Kay, M. Liddiard, B. James, E. Stevens (Parker 62), S. Davies (Varnham, 45), B. Hunt, A. Mann (Minnett 24)
Goals: Hunt 4