Gloucester City secured their safety in the National League North with a resolute defensive second half performance as they held out to defeat high flying North Ferriby United.\r\n\r\nCity set the tone early as they pressed Ferriby deep into their own half and a string of consecutive corners came to nothing, with Chris Knowles heading over at the near post.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers had a golden chance to take the lead from the spot after Luke Hopper was bundled into by Ferriby ‘keeper Adam Nicklin in the box, who received a yellow card for his indiscretion.\r\n\r\nBilly Jones calmly stepped up to send Nicklin the wrong way as he notched his third from the spot for the season.\r\n\r\nCity were cruising and soon after had their second following a swift counter by Omari Sterling-James, who rounded Nicklin and Palmer on the line to leave himself an easy tap in.\r\n\r\nFull backs don’t often receive the credit they duly deserve, but Mike Green took the plaudits after a stunning last ditch tackle from behind to somehow win the ball from Wayne Brooksby in the penalty area.\r\n\r\nOut of absolutely nothing City were in dreamland as Chris Knowles scored a third from a free header at the back post.\r\n\r\nSterling-James was fouled on the touchline, allowing Jones to whip the ball in and Knowles, who ran round the back completely unmarked and nodded home.\r\n\r\nWayne Brooksby went close for the Villagers on the stroke of half time from a 25 yard free kick but Jasbir Singh comfortably saw it over his goal.\r\n\r\nFerriby came out for the second half with something to prove, but so did the Tigers as they defended resolutely for the immediate period after the restart.\r\n\r\nHowever, they were somewhat unlucky to see their clean sheet wiped out but full credit must go to Brooksby, who produced a stunning deft lob over Singh from 30 yards.\r\n\r\nKnowles had a golden chance for his second of the game as he fired over on the edge of the box, and soon after Ferriby were right back in it.\r\n\r\nSingh was once again lobbed by a beautiful finish, this time from Curtis Bateson although there were suspicions of a push on Sam Avery.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers stopper had to be alert as he plucked a shot from Bateson out of the air that looked destined for the back of the net, before getting down well to deny Brooksby.\r\n\r\nIt would have been the comeback of the season for Ferriby had they not been denied by the offside flag as Brooksby thought he’d levelled things late on.\r\n\r\nSix minutes of added time was signalled and the Tigers dug in, clearing their lines at every opportunity. The resolute defending paid off and the Tigers saw the game out, securing their National League North safety for another season.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: Singh, Green, Jones, Hamilton, Avery, Hanks, Webb (capt), Knowles, Sterling-James (Robles 81’), Hopper (Bishop 74’), Williams\r\n\r\nSubs: Dinsley, Hall, Richards\r\n\r\nNorth Ferriby United: Nicklin, Middleton (Topliss 79’), Wilde, Brooksby, Palmer, Grey, Clarke (Kendall 86’), Fry (capt), Denton, Hotte, Bateson (Emerton 90’)\r\n\r\nSubs: Armstrong, Nicholson\r\n\r\nReferee: Michael D’Aguilar\r\n\r\nAttendance: 413\r\n\r\nStar man: Omari Sterling-James

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