Gloucester City claimed an invaluable three points at home to fellow strugglers Leamington in a fiery Easter weekend clash.\r\n\r\nGoals from Sam Avery, Adam Connolly and Cheltenham Town loanee Harry Williams for the Tigers were enough to see off the relegation threatened Warwickshire side.\r\n\r\nThe game started off very scrappily, with neither side able to settle into a distinct rhythm and a lot of the play from both sides was route one.\r\n\r\nGloucester found their stride in the 19th minute. A great ball in from Nick Wright forced good defensive header from Delroy Gordon to allow Jonny Maddison to collect.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers took the lead two minutes later courtesy of Sam Avery. Billy Jones played in a superb corner and Avery rose highest at the back post to bury it.\r\n\r\nCity were left wondering how they failed to make it 2-0 soon after. Maddison tipped Wright’s effort onto the post and somehow got across to block James Bowen’s goal bound effort.\r\n\r\nLeamington had appeals for a penalty turned down by the referee ten minutes from half time. Richard Taundry nicked the ball beyond Paul White and went down late, but he was promptly told to get to his feet.\r\n\r\nCity came out for the second half and immediately made their intentions known. A great delivery by Jones was met by a glancing header from Harry Williams, but it was easy for Maddison\r\n\r\nThe Tigers doubled their lead just after the restart from a superb finish from Adam Connolly as he opened his body up to curl one into the bottom corner.\r\n\r\nLeamington should’ve had a man sent off after handbags on the far side between Taundry and Bowen. Taundry basically body slammed Bowen but the referee let him off with just a talking to.\r\n\r\nCity bagged a 3rd following great play from Tom Webb on the right hand side who squared to Harry Williams, and the Cheltenham loanee finished with aplomb\r\n\r\nJames Mace could have got himself sent off for a vicious foul on James Bowen but the referee only gave a corner.\r\n\r\nLeamington had one back in the 79th minute following an own goal. Chris Knowles’ clearance smashed against the back of a City defender and ricocheted into the net.\r\n\r\nThe Brakes had a chance to draw within one goal minutes after. City ‘keeper Paul White parried it into the air and Ashley Worsfold somehow missed it from right underneath the crossbar.\r\n\r\nThis win moves the Tigers five points clear of the relegation zone, with a game in hand on teams above and below them. The Tigers go into the match away at Gainsborough buoyed with confidence after 2 wins on the trot.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nGloucester City: P. White, M. Green, B. Jones, M. Williams, S. Avery, A. Connolly, J. Bowen, T. Webb (c), N. Wright (N. Modest 90’), H. White (H. Williams 45’), F. Orenuga (C. Knowles 66’)\r\n\r\nSubs: R. Staley, H. Rivers\r\n\r\nLeamington: J. Maddison, J. Mace, C. Gudger, J. Magunda (J. Edwards 60’), J. Tank, D. Gordon, J. Goddard, R. Taundry, L. Moore, N. Hicks (A. Worsfold 56’), L. Chiltern (B. Yafai 56’)\r\n\r\nSubs: M. Warner, L. Fenny\r\n\r\nReferee: A. Hendley\r\n\r\nAttendance: 595\r\n\r\nStar Man: Sam Avery
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