Gloucester City’s 2015 began with a frustrating defeat to strugglers Brackley Town as they slipped back into the Vanarama North relegation zone.\r\n\r\nDavid Moyo’s header a minute into the second half ended City’s brief return to form over the Christmas period.\r\n\r\nBrackley had struck the woodwork three times in the first half as luck shone over Tim Harris’ side, Charlie Griffin’s early low shot proved to be City’s best effort.\r\n\r\nBut, it will be a game that the Tigers will see a missed chance with other results going against them.\r\n\r\nIn the shadow of the Mercedes Formula One team base, City showed no signs of a 2015 hangover in the opening exchanges as they looked the well oiled machine that had recorded back-to-back wins in the league.\r\n\r\nThe early pressure almost paid off, as Charlie Griffin swivelled in the box to force an exemplary stop from the veteran goalkeeper Billy Turley who clawed it off the line.\r\n\r\nAt the open St James Park, the wind was causing havoc as a speculative effort from Griffin almost wrong footed Turley.\r\n\r\nBrackley motored back into the contest on the half hour mark with Greg Kaziboni producing a beauty that Jasbir Singh tipped over.\r\n\r\nThe woodwork saved City seconds later with Sam Whittall sliding to lift the ball onto the bar after a stunning cross from Ebby Nelson-Addy.\r\n\r\nIt was then the crossbar’s turn to save City’s blushes with Dwayne Samuel’s looped effort bounce on top of the bar and out.\r\n\r\nDavid Moyo used all his strength to narrowly shoot wide, followed by Ryan Austin’s glancing header bouncing off the far post and away.\r\n\r\nThe half ended with Singh producing a sensational stop as Samuels’ long ball caught the wind and almost bounce over the Tigers keeper and in.\r\n\r\nBrackley’s dominance carried over into the second half as Kaziboni ran riot through the City defence, clipped the ball to the back post where Moyo was waiting to knock home.\r\n\r\nThe goal kickstarted City into gear as, with a strong wind behind them, kept pressurising Turley, particularly through Billy Jones’ dangerous corners.\r\n\r\nNathan Modest tried to bring some impetus, speeding through Brackley’s defence before unleashing an effort wide.\r\n\r\nShots peppered Turley’s goal, a long range drive from Mike Green and a caressed effort by Griffin failing to cause trouble.\r\n\r\nJack Harris tried to cause some issues in the area with Brackley hurriedly clearing as the Tigers searched for an in-road into the game.\r\n\r\nJoe Parker almost re-produced his late Boxing Day heroics as his cross from deep almost fooled Turley and swung inches past the far post.\r\n\r\nBrackley Town: B. Turley, D. Samuels, C. Carruthers, Eddie Odihambo, T. Sharpe, R. Austin, E. Nelson-Addy, S. Whittall, R. Rowe (Eric Odihambo 80), G. Kaziboni (M. Built 87), D. Moyo (S. Pierpoint 90+3)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: J. Curtis, D. Farrell\r\n\r\nGoals: Moyo 46\r\n\r\nGloucester City: J. Singh, M. Green, B. Jones, J. Harris, M. Williams (S. Avery 63), G. Miller (A. Connolly 45), T. Webb, C. Knowles, C. Griffin, J. Parker, N. Modest (J. Lucas 62)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: L. Hall, H. White\r\n\r\nAttendance: 317

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