An energetic Yate side took advantage of the Tigers as Gloucester extended their search for a pre-season victory.
Featuring former City boy Ollie Barnes in the line-up the home side were determined, but rarely troubled stand-in City keeper Connor Thompson, instead capitalising from errors to seize the lead.
Yate’s front pairing of Mitchell Page and Tom Kneighton looked lively throughout, giving Matt Coupe and Tom Hamblin a thorough workout to keep them in check throughout the first half.
Gloucester welcomed back Will Morford from his travels in Thailand to slot in next to his strike partner Darren Edwards up front, elsewhere youngster Thompson who had played against the Tigers in their defeat away at Cirencester had his debut between the sticks.
In an uneventful first half neither side showed much in the way of quality in front of goal, with Lewis Hogg and Danny Wring both firing off target. Wring’s free kick from the edge of the box looked set for the bottom corner on the half hour mark, only for Thompson to pull off a fingertip save to push the ball out of danger.
But with two minutes left until half time a communication error saw Tom Hamblin misjudge the bounce of a back pass, the ball lofted backwards to Kneighton who cooly lobbed Thompson to put Yate ahead.
With rolling subs in the second half the City line-up chopped and changed as manager Dave Mehew tested his squad in his first game back in charge after his holiday.
Ben Hunt replaced Morford and worked hard from the whistle, linking up well with Edwards and Hogg and pressing forward. It was Edwards’ persistence in running the ball right to the corner of the box before whipping in a cross which set up Hunt for his third City goal of pre-season as the scores drew level.
The score, however, was short lived as Yate replied almost immediately with a beautiful strike from Adnan Miroh, the pacey winger couldn’t have hit the ball any better as he rifled it past Thompson from the edge of the box.
Kneighton, causing problems for the second half centre half pairing of Coupe and Jack Harris, followed up minutes later with Yate’s third. The appearance of Scott Wilson, on for Steve Davies on the hour mark brought fresh legs to the City side, with Wilson working hard on the wing but Gloucester failed to capitalise on a pair of free kicks.
Matt Liddiard once again showed much promise as he joined the field in place of Tom Webb, looking settled and assured in midfield. His powerful strike on 65 minutes to make it 3-2 showing another string to his bow.
Ben Hunt on 76 minutes only for former City keeper Chris Humphries to make a stunning block.
City pressed hard in the final 20 minutes, showing their fitness, with Hogg and Liddiard acting as the engine in the centre of midfield. The equaliser looked like it was coming in the final few minutes as Jack Harris jumped high and rocketed a header towards goal from a Hogg corner, but the ball hit the crossbar and it was Harris himself who ended up in the back of the net.
City fans will however be mindful of the fact that the last time their team endured such a torrid pre-season they went on to win promotion from the Southern League.
Yate Town: C Humphries, T Warren, J Cox, O Barnes, O Price, M Bryant, M Groves, D Wring, M Page, T Kneighton, A Miroh.
Gloucester City: C Thompson, M Green, J Harris, M Coupe, T Hamblin (S Rawlings 46 [T Webb 70]), L Hogg, T Webb (M Liddiard 65), D Mullings (J Parker 81), D Edwards (W Morford 70), W Morford (B Hunt 46) , S Davies (S Wilson 60)
Ref: Mr R Cockle
Star men: C Thompson (first half) B Hunt (second half)