Brackley Town completed the double over Gloucester City with a 3-1 win at Whaddon Road to win for the first time since Boxing Day.
In a scrappy start to the game it was the visitors who had the first chance of the game, but David Moyo’s effort was a tame one on the churned up Whaddon Road pitch.
The Tigers then had their first real chance after the ball was cheaply given away from Luke Graham, and Ed Williams’ quick feet allowed him to escape a few challenges before shooting straight at Brackley’s goalkeeper Laurie Walker.
City were struggling to get a foot hold in the game, and kept given the ball away far too cheaply. The next chance would be a Brackley one as Glenn Walker drove down the left-hand side, but his effort was blazed waywardly over.
However, as the first half came to a close it was City who had a fantastic chance, but Luke Hopper’s finesse shot drifted just wide of the Brackley goal.
Brackley, though, should have found themselves ahead after spurning two glorious chances – first of all James Armson found himself in all kinds of space, but his free header went agonisingly wide for the visitors. Then, David Moyo’s looping effort was superbly tipped over by Jasbir Singh in the Gloucester City goal.
The warning signs were there for Gloucester City, and they soon fell behind courtesy of a penalty which was cooly slotted home from James Armson, into Singh’s goal.
The first-half performance from City prompted Tim Harris to bring on Darren Mullings, and what a change that turned out to be as his audacious outside of the boot effort found its way into the top right hand corner of the net.
However, just moments later City gave away a free-kick just outside the penalty area. Glenn Walker stepped up, and buried his free-kick low into Singh’s left.
Gloucester City now knew they had to respond, and thanks to fantastic work from Derby County loanee Luke Thomas, a chance was fashioned for Joe Hanks which was parried away for a corner for the Tigers, which came to no avail.
More good work from Luke Thomas won Gloucester City a corner, and from the resulting corner City were almost level – Darren Mullings again, but his header crept just over the bar.
But with Gloucester City on the attack they were always going to leave themselves open at the back, and this is exactly what happened as Brackley broke away expertly – James Armson grabbing his ninth of the season and ending Gloucester City’s five game unbeaten run in the process.
Man of the match: Darren Mullings
An inspired change from manager Tim Harris saw Darren Mullings produce an audacious bit of skill to level for the Tigers, as his outside of the foot volley found its way into the top right hand corner of Laurie Walker’s goal. He seemed to calm everything down in the middle of the park in the second-half after the Tigers struggled to get a foot hold of the game in the first-half, and could have even levelled for the Tigers, but his header trickled over the bar to the despair of the Gloucester City supporters as they went onto lose 3-1.
Gloucester City: J Singh (Capt), K Thomas, L Hall, S Hamilton, S Avery, R Finnie, J Hanks, E Williams, L Hopper, Z Kotwica, L Thomas
Subs: T Webb, J Parker, M Richards, D Mullings, B Moseley
Brackley Town: L Walker, J Clifton, A Gudger, M Lowe, L Graham, G Dean (Capt), G Walker, J Armson, D Moyo, S Diggin, A Walker
Subs: E Myles, J Gough, L Cox, M Barnes-Homer, L Ndlovu
Referee: Richard Hulme