A rampant second half display from Gloucester City sealed a good victory against a useful Cirencester Town outfit.\r\n\r\nHeaders from Darren Mullings and Will Morford, a lovely lob from Scott Wilson and a rifled effort from Lewis Hogg completed the job as the Tigers continue to roar ahead of the 2013/14 Skrill North campaign.\r\n\r\nThe Centurions had taken the lead late in the first half after two former City players teamed up; first Lee Smith was brought down for the penalty, before Steve Davies slotted it home.\r\n\r\nOverall, Dave Mehew can be very happy as City passed the Southern League South and West side off the pitch at points, all useful going into the new season.\r\n\r\nHeading back to their former home of three seasons, the Corinium Stadium, City looked comfortable by quelling Cirencester attacks but failing to produce anything useful in the early stages.\r\n\r\nThe first chance of note came after Hogg knocked back a free kick to Mullings who shot wide.\r\n\r\nMehew’s men looked the more potent as Matt Groves latched onto a Mike Green ball from defence but lashed his shot passed the woodwork.\r\n\r\nFormer City star, Smith, who has made over 300 appearances for the club, was looking in good form as he jinked through the defence and deftly lobbed over Green wide.\r\n\r\nThe breakthrough came just before the break, Smith had burst through the backline only for Matt Coupe to bring him down; Davies stepped up and scored against the club he left only months prior\r\n\r\nA reinvigorated City exploded out of the blocks with Mullings glancing a sumptuous Groves corner into the near post to equalise.\r\n\r\nEx-Arsenal and West Brom youth midfielder Jamie Edge replaced the goalscorer and looked to impress; with City passing the ball immensely.\r\n\r\nAfter nice build-up play from Tyler Weir, the Tigers took the lead with Hogg rifling an effort home from 20 yards out.\r\n\r\nA little over a minute later, it was three; substitute Wilson was played over from midfield and cheekily lobbed Glyn Garner in goal.\r\n\r\nThe Centurions still looked threatening with Smith producing a wonderful save from Green from a bicycle kick and with Chris Holland seeing two trademark headers smash wide.\r\n\r\nThe fourth and final goal came in the 72nd minute with Morford scoring an almost identical goal to Mullings, by flicking on a devious Hogg corner only a minute after coming on.\r\n\r\nMehew’s side continued to excel in possession, and after an outrageous back heel from Edge, Weir could only place his shot wide.\r\n\r\nIt was a promising performance for the Tigers as they face two final friendlies against Evesham United on Friday, and Bishops Cleeve next Monday before the big kick-off away to North Ferriby United.\r\n\r\nCirencester Town: G. Garner, S. Anson, E. Dunton, J. Mortimer-Jones, C. Holland, L. Henry, J. Shepherd (Hooper 69), D. Bromley (Beeton 69), L. Smith, S. Davies, A. Bennett (Collier 69)\r\n\r\nSubs Not Used: S. Packer, J. Bevan\r\n\r\nGoals: Davies 45+2 (pen)\r\n\r\nGloucester City: MJ. Green, MF. Green, T. Weir, M. Coupe, J. Harris, M. Liddiard (Webb 61), L. Hogg, S. Turl (Tracey 70), D. Edwards (Morford 70), D. Mullings (Wilson 61), M. Groves (Edge 53)\r\n\r\nSubs Not Used: R. Batten\r\n\r\nGoals: Mullings 51, Hogg 64, Wilson 65, Morford 72\r\n\r\nStar Man: Jack Harris
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