Gloucester City have their first win of the National League South season in the books, courtesy of a late Joe Hanks winner at home to Hemel Hempstead Town.

In the week Tim Harris had brought in two new loanees, goalkeeper Tom Hadler from Gillingham and winger Adam Page from Cheltenham Town.

The Tigers manager opted to favour his new goalkeeper over Alex Harris, while Page was only afforded a spot on the bench.

Joe Parker started the game his usual lively self, cutting inside on the corner of the box to curl a strike over the bar.

City were well on top in the opening 10 minutes with most of the possession, with the Tudors still trying to get a hold of the ball.

Returning to the starting XI, Ethan Moore did well to recover after slipping whilst in possession before laying off to Joe Hanks who shot well over from 25 yards.

With confidence and momentum flowing, the Tigers were playing some sharp, attacking play. Hanks battled well on the edge of the box, before curling a left footed strike inches wide.

City were really kicking it into another gear and started a great team move with Cundy who knocked down the line to Hanks who, in turn, chipped the ball inside to Parker who fired narrowly off target.

Another excellent team move started from the back and was finished after Parselle put in an equally as good low cross into the box but Walker got down well to smother it.

The first half passed without breakthrough and the Tigers were determined to break the deadlock early in the second period.

Moore watched a high ball out of the sky on the edge of the box before volleying straight at Walker, but it was a sign of intent that lifted the Tigers fans.

The striker was then brought down cynically on the edge of the box as he was shaping to shoot.

Hanks, Mullings and Williams all stood over it but it was left to the former to strike towards the far post, but Walker got down to block the shot and Hemel cleared behind.

It seemed as if the winning goal wasn’t going to come for the Tigers, but as the game ticked over towards it’s conclusion, City had their just reward.

The midfield unit all did their job in winning the ball back before Mullings found Kotwica, he saw Chambers in side who, in turn, flicked inside to Hanks who buried at the far post.

Gloucester City: Hadler, Thomas (capt), Parselle, Hamilton, Cundy, Mullings, Hanks, Webb, Moore (Kotwica 67’), Parker (Chambers 73’), Williams

Subs not used: Page, Avery, King

Hemel Hempstead Town: Walker, Driver, Howe, Parkes (capt), Hamblin, Yakubu, Kaloczi, Osbon, Liburd (Miles 65’), Sheringham, Greenhalgh (Obi 65’)

Subs not used: Connolly, McNamara, Federico

Referee: Scott Jackson

Attendance: 295

Star man: Joe Hanks

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