Gloucester’s stars of the future shined brightly in the Tigers’ final pre-season fixture, with a bit of help from some older heads
Goals from Matt Liddiard, Joe Parker and Ben Hunt helped City ease past Longford FC, in the now traditional fixture against a local Gloucester team.
Longford, managed by Nathan Mustoe, brother of City player/coach, Neil looked fast and well organised in stages before the Tigers’ fitness came into play.
Under 18s and Development Squad starlet Parker started upfront for City, alongside Will Morford, with Liddiard taking Darren Mullings’ place in the centre of midfield. Only Darren Edwards, Mullings and Lewis Hogg were missing from the squad.
Fresh off the back of Wednesday’s win against Bristol Rovers, Gloucester looked lively on the expansive Longford pitch. Hunt, Davies and Morford all fluttered shots towards goal in the first 15 minutes without troubling Gareth Eakers in the Longford goal too much.
City continued to press forward with Hunt beating Eakers on 37 minutes only for the goal to be ruled offside.
It didn’t take Hunt long to make his mark in the second half, slotting the ball home after collecting a cross from Tom Webb. Liddiard made it 2-0 within minutes with a powerful strike.
New signing Hunt made way for his Gaffer on the hour mark, allowing Mehew to partner Parker upfront.
Parker, showed why he is so highly rated by City’s youth coaches just after the hour mark, jumping high in a goal mouth scramble to nod home the ball for Gloucester’s third.
City went 4-0 up with an own goal from the home side, an unfortunate Longford player getting the final touch to deny Mehew a goal.
Davies could only hit the bar after kitman Randall slotted a free kick through to feet of Mehew wrote the Gaffer set up the Welsh wonder’s powerful shot.
Davies made way for another pacey winger in the shape of Gloucester assistant manager Adie Harris. Harris, the oldest man on the pitch, looked more than comfortable alongside men more than half his age, showing why he is held in such high esteem by City fans.
Liddiard bagged his brace with another neat goal as the light faded. Longford had their own chances too in the final ten minutes, forcing two decisive saves from Mike Green.
Gloucester City: M Green, S Rawlings (T Hamblin 30 [S Rawlings 46]), J Harris, M Coupe, M Green (L Randall 65), M Liddiard, S Davies (A Harris 70), T Webb, J Parker, W Morford (K Mace 46), B Hunt (D Mehew 60)