Gloucester City tore up the formbook with a phenomenal victory over Vanarama Conference North leaders Barrow.\r\n\r\nFrom start to finish, Tim Harris’ rejuvenated side dominated with Joe Parker and Charlie Griffin combining to give Tigers’ fans a perfect pre-Christmas treat after a wretched run of results.\r\n\r\nBefore kick-off, the Tigers were five points from safety and without a win in six competitive games, and Barrow unbeaten in the league since October.\r\n\r\nMatt Williams made sure City kept a clean sheet with an important goal-line clearance from an Andy Cook header, but it was the only real team the Cumbrians threatened.\r\n\r\nAfter a quiet opening, the game burst into life as Joe Parker chased down Tony McMillan, with the Barrow goalkeeper just pipping the City striker to the ball.\r\n\r\nBristol City loanee Lewis Hall, in a more forward role, had an adventurous run that ended with McMillan stopping with ease.\r\n\r\nHall was amongst the action again, Mike Green knocking to Griffin who laid off to the youngster who blasted over.\r\n\r\nTim Harris’ side was dealt a blow midway through the first half with Tigers captain Jack Harris pulling up with an injury, only shortly into his return.\r\n\r\nHowever, it didn’t stop City’s positive attacking intentions with Parker again testing McMillan after shooting through a crowd.\r\n\r\nThe last chance of a good half for Harris’ side saw Matt Williams swivel in the area but failing to hit the target.\r\n\r\nMoments into the second period Gloucester were awarded a golden opportunity as Griffin shrugged off his defender, blasted at goal but McMillan’s strong left hand saved brilliantly.\r\n\r\nBarrow responded with a golden chance of their own, Dan Pilkington swinging in a glorious ball but Liam Willis headed over.\r\n\r\nA frenetic second half continued as Parker was tearing the Barrow back-line apart, skipping three challenges before a stretched attempt rose over the bar.\r\n\r\nRelegation embattled Gloucester opened the scoring in emphatic style, Nathan Modest doing well to play in the lethal Parker who volleyed past McMillan.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers were playing beyond their lowly league position with intent and danger at every moment.\r\n\r\nA breakaway forced a fantastic second goal; Parker and Modest linked up before unleashing Griffin to caress home and send the long-suffering home crowd into raptures.\r\n\r\nCity were indebted to Williams immediately after as Andy Cook headed towards goal but the defender was there to intercept and keep the two-goal advantage.\r\n\r\nThe final 20 minutes drifted by without incident as Harris and his players can celebrate a wonderful victory and a huge confidence boost, dominating the champions-elect.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: J. Singh, M. Green, B. Jones, J. Harris (S. Avery 25), M. Williams, A. Connolly, L. Hall, C. Knowles, C. Griffin, J. Parker (H. White 78), N. Modest (G. Miller 90+4)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: J. Lucas, M. Groves\r\n\r\nGoals: Parker 59, Griffin 67\r\n\r\nBarrow: T. McMillan, A. Burns, A. McWilliams, N. Cowperthwaite (S. Sheridan 76), D. Livesey, L. Willis, I. Reid (J. Gorman 65), A. Harvey, J. Walker, A.Cook, D. Pilkington\r\n\r\nSubs not used: A. Taylor, J. Crowther, R. Williams\r\n\r\nAttendance: 371\r\n\r\nMan of the Match: Joe Parker

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