Gloucester City were humbled after a heavy defeat to Oxford City abruptly halted their recent good form.\r\n\r\nThe visitors from Oxfordshire were quite simply ruthless, never allowing Tim Harris’ side any space or chance to make a mark on the fixture.\r\n\r\nRoss Staley opened his Tigers account equalising a minute after Darren Pond had broken the deadlock.\r\n\r\nAfter that was an annihilation, Tom Winters and Jose Lapoujade scored in quick succession before Felipe Barcelos added gloss at the end of the first half.\r\n\r\nThe bombardment didn’t let up as Declan Benjamin, Javier Rodriguez and Pond scored three of the finest goals scored against the Tigers in recent years to make it a magnificent seven.\r\n\r\nIn blustery conditions in Cheltenham the contest burst to life in the 13th minute as Oxford City captain Pond unleashed a fantastic effort that Paul White had zero chance of saving for the lead.\r\n\r\nBut, the advantage was short lived as Staley netted his first goal for the Tigers by flicking on Tom Webb’s cross for an immediate response.\r\n\r\nTom Webb, only two games short of his 600th for the club, had an optimistic effort that went high over the bar.\r\n\r\nOxford’s lead was restored through the left foot of Winters who rifled an effort onto the far post that nestled in the opposite corner.\r\n\r\nThe visitors were irresistible and only Sam Avery’s positioning stopped a third as he cleared Adi Yussuf’s effort off the line.\r\n\r\nThe third came with the next attack as Lapoujade headed well to knock the ball past White, it was easy as you like.\r\n\r\nThe Oxford bombardment kept coming and Pond and Yussuf both forced excellent saves from the Irish keeper, with the latter also knocking a flick-on into the side netting.\r\n\r\nFemi Orenuga almost scored the Tigers second with a fantastic free-kick before a brilliant save from Salva De La Cruz thwarted him from close range.\r\n\r\nAs the half came to a close Alejandro Santiago chested wide but a fourth was added by fellow Spaniard Barcelos who couldn’t miss at the back post.\r\n\r\nAfter the wretched first half for the Tigers they had hoped to change the course of the game, but the visitors had other ideas by continuing their onslaught of the City goal.\r\n\r\nAny hope of gaining any result from the contest was put out of question in the 55th minute as Benjamin scored a wonderful goal after beating three defenders.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers hoped in vain to cut the deficit and Orenuga had a golden chance after beating De La Cruz but tapping wide with the goal gaping.\r\n\r\nTom Winters fired over the bar and Yussuf came very close to tapping home from a cross before an inevitable sixth goal followed from Rodriguez who rivalled Benjamin’s effort with another sublime finish.\r\n\r\nHowever, Darren Pond who started the carnage, ended it in emphatic fashion who unleashed from 30 yards to seal the complete humiliation of the Tigers team.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: P. White, M. Williams (S. Hamilton 69), B. Jones, J. Harris, S. Avery, C. Knowles, F. Orenuga (N. Modest 69), T. Webb, M. Diop, A. Connolly (H. White 45), R. Staley\r\n\r\nSubs Not Used: M. Richards, H. Rivers\r\n\r\nGoals: Staley 14\r\n\r\nOxford City: S. De La Cruz, L. Coulson, P. Stonehouse, J. Lapoujade, A. Santiago (L. Wilson 63), L. Henderson (D. Benjamin 19), M. Fofana, D. Pond, A. Yussuf (J. Rodriguez 63), F. Barcelos, T. Winters\r\n\r\nSubs Not Used: A. Del Alamo, M. Scott\r\n\r\nGoals: Pond 13, 90+2, Winters 20, Lapoujade 22, Barcelos 45+2, Benjamin 55, Rodriguez 67\r\n\r\nAttendance: 354

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