Gloucester City started the New Year with an emphatic win against Boxing Day opponents Oxford City at the Court Place Farm ground.
Coming off the back of a defeat to Oxford City on Boxing Day and trialling a new back five formation, Gloucester looked to impose themselves on the game early on with a pressing game which put Oxford firmly on the back foot and produced quick results.
Within the first ten minutes, Gloucester were awarded a free kick which was whipped in by Ed Williams and was met by Chris Knowles who headed past Jack Stevens in the Oxford goal to put Gloucester ahead.
The early goal settled the nerves and the Tigers grew in confidence and began to stamp their authority on the game, pressing the opposition and forcing them into more and more mistakes. As Gloucester applied pressure, a rogue back pass by the Oxford City defence fell to Karnell Chambers, who kept his composure and produced a sublime lobbed finish over the onrushing Jack Stevens to make it 2-0.
Gloucester didn’t have it all their own way, with former Chelsea academy product Zac McEachran constantly running at the Tigers defence and the Oxford City attack forcing Tom Hadler into producing several fine saves, which kept Gloucester in command of the game ensuring we went into half time with the two goal cushion intact.
Gloucester’s pressing game yielded yet another goal on 73 minutes when Ethan Moore, outstanding throughout, leapt on to yet another stray back pass and coolly finished after a one on one with the goalkeeper, sending the travelling fans into raptures and bringing the entire team over for the ensuing celebration.
Despite Lewis Hall and Ed Williams being substituted after sustaining knocks, the game was full of positives. At the back, Gloucester defended resolutely and in attack created chance after chance and were rewarded with three goals and a clean sheet and more importantly, three points.
Gloucester City’s next match is at home to Weston Super Mare on the 6th January at the Jubilee Stadium, kick off 3pm.