Gloucester City succumbed to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Lowestoft Town despite having the Lion’s share of chances, writes Charlie Biggs-Thomas

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The first half got underway and Lowestoft Town striker Jake Reed almost latched onto a through ball, but Jasbir Singh was fast off of his line to deny the striker a chance in on goal.

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Gloucester City were the better team in the first half and this was apparent when they had two golden opportunities to take the lead.

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The first came from a corner taken by Joe Hanks from the left hand side, which found Matt Williams in space, but the Tigers centre back headed straight at Ben Killip.

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Five minutes later another cross into the box found Chris Knowles in plenty of space but once again the header was tame and straight at the goalkeeper.

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Lowestoft struggled to get a foothold in the game. Their first shot came in the sixteenth minute but was deflected away for a corner.

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Then inevitably, against the run of play, the visitors took the lead. Jack Reed picked up the ball on the left hand side and took the ball round Avery before beating Singh at his near post, despite the Gloucester keeper getting a hand to it.

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Lowestoft went into half time a goal to the good despite Gloucester being the better team and having the better of the chances.

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The second half got underway and The Tigers looked to press Lowestoft early, winning an early free-kick, which was wasted by Avery.

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Four minutes into the second half and Jonte Smith brought the ball down magnificently but the Trawlerboys keeper was on hand to turn the shot around the post.

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Crow then almost produced a moment of magic as he saw Singh off his line and chanced his arm from the half way line, but the shot went a few yards over the crossbar.

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Reed then appeared to be in on goal but was fouled just on the edge of the box and the resulting free kick was wasted by Crow.

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The first booking of the game came in the 81st minute as Lowestoft’s Harry Barker picked up a card for a reckless tackle on Billy Jones.

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From the resulting free-kick, Jones picked out Harry Williams, whose header looked destined to find the top corner but Ben Killip pulled off a fantastic save to deny the substitute.

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All in all, neither team managed to dominate the game. Gloucester had the better of the chances and will feel they should have taken all three points but it was ultimately the visitors who went home happy.

\r\nGloucester City: Singh, Hamilton, Jones, M. Williams, Avery, Knowles, Bowen (Miller 74’), Webb (capt), Anoruo (Hall 65’), Smith (H. Williams 54’), Hanks\r\n\r\nSubs: Hicks, Richards\r\n\r\nLowestoft Town: Killip, Barker, Smith, Fisk, Ainsley, Spillane, Mason (Bammant 65’), Jarvis (capt), Reed, Crow (Woods-Garness 80’), Eagle (Henderson 53’)\r\n\r\nSubs: Marsden, Swatman\r\n\r\nReferee: A. Fearn\r\n\r\nAttendance: 364\r\n\r\nStar Man: Sam Avery

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