Gloucester City were condemned to a second consecutive defeat by relegation battlers Oxford City after a disjointed display at Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\nTom Winters capitalised on a defensive lapse to open the scoring before substitute Viv Solomon killed off the game deep into injury time as the Oxfordshire outfit out-muscled City.\r\n\r\nGloucester’s best opportunity came through the boot of Billy Jones who almost scored direct from a corner, however Oxford cleared off the line with Jack Harris bearing down on goal.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers remain seven points clear of safety, but two losses in a row will cause worry to manager Tim Harris after a brilliant six game unbeaten run came unstuck at Boston on Saturday.\r\n\r\nThe Marsh Lane side began the brighter with former Tigers forward Mike Symons turning and drilling an effort just wide of Mike Green’s goal.\r\n\r\nAnother ex-City favourite, the recently departed Darren Mullings, almost came back to haunt his former employers with a trademark header that fizzed over the bar.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers attempted to hit back but Jones’ curling free-kick just popped over the far post.\r\n\r\nMark Preece, another former Gloucester player, followed Mullings with a duo of powerful headers just wide of woodwork as Oxford kept the pressure on.\r\n\r\nMatt Groves, who has been a key part of City’s resurgence up the Skrill North standings unleashed a stinging effort that Mark Scott did well to stop.\r\n\r\nThe Oxford dominance on set-pieces continued with Winters finding space at the near post, but Green tipped it over superbly.\r\n\r\nGloucester managed to bundle the ball to Groves shortly after but his effort angled straight down the throat of Scott for an easy stop.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers’ best opportunity of the half came through the boot of Jones, who swept across a perfect delivery into the mixer that was somehow cleared off the line, with Harris throwing his body at the ball; there was a hint that it may have been over the line, but the linesman waved play on.\r\n\r\nThe second period began with City showing intent with Jake Gosling tearing down the right to knock across to Groves who unfortunately slipped at the crucial moment.\r\n\r\nBut, Oxford countered immediately through Symons and Darren Pond; the latter only managed a glancing touch on the ball to trickle just wide.\r\n\r\nAfter neat interplay, and a simply stunning throughball by Gosling, Lewis Hogg found himself bearing down on goal but Scott was more than a match for his little dink.\r\n\r\nThe outlook of the match changed on 58 minutes with a defensive mix-up ricocheting to Winters who cunningly slotted the ball under Green for an Oxford lead.\r\n\r\nHarris’ men attempted to regain parity in the contest but substitute Joe Parker’s effort was directly at Scott.\r\n\r\nThe visitors came close to doubling their lead through the head of Pond who saw his near post header brilliantly saved by Green.\r\n\r\nScott was called into action once again as City kept pushing forward and were almost rewarded with Parker laying off Nat Jarvis who forced the keeper into a smart stop.\r\n\r\nThis was quickly followed by Matt Roome snap shooting from 25 yards just wide of the upright after the ball somehow found its way to the former Gresley man.\r\n\r\nAs the clock ticked over into a fourth minute of injury time Solomon managed to find his way behind the Tigers defence and slot home to secure an important victory for the Oxfordshire outfit.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, M. Green (N. Jarvis 79), B. Jones, M. Coupe, J. Harris, J. Hanks (M. Roome 20), L. Hogg, M. Groves, A. Mann, C. Griffin, J. Gosling (J. Parker 65)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: M. Giglio, E. Williams\r\n\r\nOxford City: M. Scott, D. Benjamin, P. Stonehouse, M. Pook, A. Learoyd, M. Preece, Z. McEachran (V. Solomon 71), D. Mullings, M. Symons (S. Basham 85), D. Pond, T. Winters\r\n\r\nSubs not used: M. Bulman, J. Cook, K. Jackson\r\n\r\nGoals: Winters 58, Solomon 90+4\r\n\r\nAttendance: 303

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