Gloucester City kicked off their home campaign in the 2016/17 National League North season with an impressive 4-1 victory against Gainsborough Trinity.\r\n\r\nGainsborough had the perfect opportunity to silence the home fans early on as Ashley Worsfold was brought down in the Tigers penalty area and the referee duly pointed to the spot.\r\n\r\nNathan Jarman stepped up to take the spot kick but blazed his penalty well over Jasbir Singh’s crossbar.\r\n\r\nThe deadlock was broken by the Tigers though as Joe Parker scored his second in as many game for the season.\r\n\r\nSome great battling by Ed Williams won the ball back for City on the edge of the Trinity box. Williams then squared to Parker who slotted home past Eastwood.\r\n\r\nCity led for less than five minutes though, as Matt Thornhill sent in a free kick from near the touchline that went all the way through and eventually into the back of the net.\r\n\r\nGainsborough settled on the ball better and began to control the tempo, but it was the Tigers who broke the stalemate.\r\n\r\nPicking the ball up from just inside the Trinity half, Chris Knowles lofted a delightful ball in behind their back line for Williams to chip delightfully over Eastwood.\r\n\r\nLewis Hall replaced an injured Leroy Odiero just after the break, and his first involvement was a mazy run before crossing low to Reid, but it was hacked clear by Quinn.\r\n\r\nWith City looking calm, Luke Hopper was introduced to give the Tigers another option up front, and he soon proved his worth with a great solo goal.\r\n\r\nThe ball dropped out of the air on the edge of the area, which Hopper brought down well, before turning on a sixpence and holding off Quinn.\r\n\r\nHopper then completed the run with a stunning finish at the near post, but Eastwood will have been disappointed he couldn’t keep it out.\r\n\r\nExperienced striker Nathan Jarman was becoming more frustrated as the game went on as he was booked for a rash tackle on Jasbir Singh after the City stopper came out to claim a cross.\r\n\r\nCity went down to ten men though as Spencer Hamilton, already on a booking for an earlier infringement, was shown a second yellow for handball.\r\n\r\nSingh was called into action to keep out a good effort by Rothery, as he curled a fine free kick towards the top corner but the Tigers keeper was on hand to claw it away.\r\n\r\nWith Trinity pushing to get one back, City hit them on the counter and killed the game off with Williams notching his second.\r\n\r\nHopper, Parker and Williams all combined well to win possession back in the final third. Hopper then squared to Williams who had an easy finish past Eastwood, to finish the game off and give the Tigers a winning start at home.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: Singh, Thomas, Odiero (Hall 54’), Hamilton, Deaman, Knowles, Hanks (Dinsley 75’), Webb (capt), Reid (Hopper 64’), Parker, Williams\r\n\r\nSubs: Kotwica, Richards\r\n\r\nGainsborough Trinity: Eastwood, Picton (Wiles 87’), Lacey, Thornhill, Quinn, Wilson, Reid (Hazel 63’), Scott, Rothery, Jarman (capt), Worsfold (Thewliss 46’)\r\n\r\nSubs: Evans, Hedge\r\n\r\nReferee: Daniel Middleton\r\n\r\nAttendance: 337\r\n\r\nStar man: Ed Williams
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