Gloucester City demolished Skrill North title contenders Hednesford Town with a stunning performance to record their first league victory since August 26.\r\n\r\nFive goals, highlighted by a truly memorable 30-yard looping effort from Connor Waldon, sealed an unlikely win that has re-sparked the Tigers as they look to move out of the Skrill North relegation places.\r\n\r\nZack Kotwica scored on his home debut, followed quickly by Darren Mullings poking home before Waldon’s wonder-strike and a sumptuous brace from Will Morford.\r\n\r\nHednesford had replied with Nathan Woolfe’s header, but a scintillating display saw the Skrill North’s bottom club beat the title contenders convincingly.\r\n\r\nThe Pitmen exploded out from kick-off and after Jamey Osbourne had skipped down the left, Wayne Riley’s deft header bounced off the post and wide – a real let-off for the Tigers.\r\n\r\nThey continued their early pressure with hotshot Elliott Durrell blasting the ball into the area and it cannoned off Greg Pearson wide.\r\n\r\nNew signing Marcus Giglio announced his arrival in a Gloucester City shirt with a sweetly struck effort forcing a superb save from Dan Crane after 11 minutes.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers took a surprise lead seconds after, the ball was lost in midfield and Darren Mullings played a sumptuous ball into the path of Zak Kotwica who rounded Crane and tapped home to score on his home debut.\r\n\r\nOnly the outstretched leg of Darren Campion denied City a second with Connor Waldon swivelling in the six yard box.\r\n\r\nDarren Mullings doubled the lead after a horrendous defensive mistake from Francino Francis fell to Waldon who shuffled the ball to the midfielder and poked home; an incredible opening 23 minutes.\r\n\r\nKris Taylor attempted to bring the Pitmen back into the contest with a superb strike from 30 yards that fizzed over the bar.\r\n\r\nCity’s teenage strikeforce of Wilson and Waldon were tormenting the Skrill North’s second placed side and the latter produced a shot out of nothing to force a good stop by Crane.\r\n\r\nThe Pitmen were forced to make changes and substitute Neil Harvey almost proved a masterstroke but his header went wide.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers continued to look impressive going forward and after a bunch of missed clearances from Hednesford, loan striker Waldon picked up the ball and unleashed a 30-yard looping effort from the right, over Crane and into the back of the net – a truly magnificent goal.\r\n\r\nBut, the third goal coincided with Hednesford’s best period of the game and substitute Woolfe knocked home a header from close range after Elliott Durrell’s sublime cross to cut the deficit.\r\n\r\nDurrell then forced a superb save out of Mike Green as Hednesford tried to gain some hope of completing an unlikely comeback.\r\n\r\nThe game was put thoroughly out of reach with 10 minutes to go, Will Morford backheeling home after Matt Groves had played in a beautifully weighted ball for City’s fourth.\r\n\r\nAnd, in stoppage time, Morford was played through again and delicately lifted the ball over the goalkeeper to complete a memorable afternoon for Dave Mehew’s side.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, M. Green, M. Giglio, M. Coupe, J. Harris, T. Webb (Liddiard 64), Z. Kotwica, D. Mullings, S. Wilson (Morford 72), C. Waldon (Edwards 84), M. Groves\r\n\r\nSubs not used: D. Edwards, L. Binns, J. Parker\r\n\r\nGoals: Kotwica 11, Mullings 23, Waldon 57, Morford 80, 90+1\r\n\r\nHednesford Town: D. Crane, J. Disney, D. Campion, B. Bailey, F. Francis, K. Taylor (Harvey 54), J. Osbourne, E. Durrell, G. Pearson (Eminoglu 59), W. Riley (Woolfe 62), T. Thorley\r\n\r\nSubs not used: P. McCone, A. Melbourne\r\n\r\nGoals: Woolfe 64\r\n\r\nStar Man: Connor Waldon\r\n\r\nAttendance: 328

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