James Norwood’s two late goals added gloss on a flattering Forest Green Rovers victory in a feisty and battling Gloucestershire derby.\r\n\r\nIt was a David versus Goliath tie in league standings and budget, but Tim Harris’ Gloucester City gave the Conference Premier high-flyers a real fright for much of the game, billed as ‘El Glosico’ in the build-up.\r\n\r\nNo one covered more ground than Tom Webb, the club’s all-time appearance holder, who led a stirring second half charge that did everything but score.\r\n\r\nFormer New York Red Bull Luke Rodgers had opened the scoring with a composed finish, but Tigers captain Webb flicked home to equalise.\r\n\r\nJon Parkin, scourge of the Tigers with Fleetwood Town the previous season, rose highest from a corner to place Rovers back ahead, before the Tigers dominated proceedings but couldn’t break through.\r\n\r\nWith the Tigers in-experienced defence tiring, Norwood was brought on and scored a fortuitous third goal before adding a classy fourth to add some glow to the Rovers win.\r\n\r\nAs was expected, the 59th derby game between the two sides started cagey as neither side offered anything special in the opening salvos.\r\n\r\nParkin blasted a free-kick that deflected inches wide of Jamie Stephens’ post, which opened up the game.\r\n\r\nThe tie burst into life, as Elliott Frear beat Sam Avery for pace to give Rodgers an easy tap home from six yards.\r\n\r\nHowever, the Tigers hit back within 90 seconds; George Miller whipping a sumptuous ball into the area that Webb flicked home from close range to level the tie.\r\n\r\nThe Conference Premier high-flyers took control for a second time through Parkin who had a free header from a free-kick to bury home, a goal that looked far too easy to concede.\r\n\r\nThe second half proved a different tale as the Tigers bombarded their loftier opponents, Webb flashing wide and Joe Parker forcing a brilliant stop from Sam Bennett.\r\n\r\nCity had corner, after corner, after corner but the Nailsworth sides big defence cleared and cleared.\r\n\r\nBut, with City legs tiring, the full-timers used their muscle and brought on Norwood who finished any Tigers hope with four minutes left; bundling home past Stephens luckily.\r\n\r\nTwo minutes later, Norwood stole a march once more and tucked home for a fourth to give the visitors a resounding victory and county bragging rights.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: J. Stephens, S. Avery (C. Jones 70), M. Green, S. Hamilton, M. Williams, A. Connolly, G. Miller, T. Webb, N. Modest (C. Griffin 58), A. Mann (J. Parker 46), M. Groves\r\n\r\nSubs not used: M. Richards, W. Greenwood, T. Haswell, H. Rivers\r\n\r\nGoals: Webb 23\r\n\r\nForest Green Rovers:  S. Russell, D. Bennett, S. Wedgbury (C. Kamdjo 72), M. Kelly, E. Oshodi, K. Guthrie (J. Norwood 77), E. Frear, R. Sinclair, J. Parkin, L. Rodgers (C. Jolley 85), D. Coles\r\n\r\nSubs not used: D. Pipe, C. Stokes, L. Oliver, L. McGrory\r\n\r\nGoals: Rodgers 21, Parkin 30, Norwood 86, 88\r\n\r\nAttendance: 2,067 (668 from Forest Green)\r\n\r\nMan of the Match: Tom Webb (Gloucester City)

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