Tim Harris’ dream start to his second Gloucester City managerial tenure continued with a quality victory away to strugglers Histon.\r\n\r\nCharlie Griffin’s double and Matt Groves’ early header cancelled out Adi Yussuf’s equaliser to push the Tigers eight points ahead of the relegation places and within touching distance of mid-table.\r\n\r\nSince Harris took over in late February, City have won five league games out of six; the same number of league victories they’d mustered in the previous 28 league games, a quite stunning turnaround of fortunes for the Skrill North’s in-form team.\r\n\r\nGriffin, who signed a little over a month ago, also continued his fairytale start scoring in his fifth consecutive game for the club; the first Gloucester player since Andy Mainwaring in April 1998 to accomplish that feat.\r\n\r\nBuoyed by their fine form the Tigers started on the front foot, however it was the hosts to register the first effort on goal with Nick Freeman’s wild shot going well over.\r\n\r\nBut, City’s maiden chance meant the first goal; a brilliant delivery by Joe Hanks found the leaping head of Groves who buried the ball past Calum Kitscha for an early lead.\r\n\r\nThe advantage didn’t last long, with Lincoln City loanee Yussuf unleashing a thunderbolt from 20 yards that left Mike Green stranded to equalise for the Stutes.\r\n\r\nIn a topsy-turvy opening half hour, City regained the lead through the familiar head of Griffin, scoring for a fifth game in a row, after Groves had knocked the ball to him from Jake Gosling’s corner.\r\n\r\nHiston began to strike back as Eugene Libertucci’s drilled, low effort grazed the side of Green’s post from outside the area.\r\n\r\nThis was swiftly followed by Michael Built and Yussuf both causing problems in the Tigers defence with Green standing firm for both opportunities.\r\n\r\nCheltenham Town loanee Hanks began to impose himself on the match and after a neat one-two the midfielder produced a strong effort well stopped by Kitscha.\r\n\r\nCity started to attack with real intent as a bevy of chances went awry; firstly skipper Matt Coupe sidefooting wide from a teasing Gosling delivery.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers should’ve increased their lead on 63 minutes after Gosling had brilliantly played himself through but Kitscha denied him excellently in the one-on-one battle.\r\n\r\nGosling had a chance to make amends shortly after but his scooped effort flew over and wide, although dipping massively.\r\n\r\nThe pressure continued to build, this time Groves piledriving a shot low and hard through a crowd of defenders to fizz past the far post.\r\n\r\nNat Jarvis, who was lively all game up top, swivelled on a sixpence in the penalty area but Kitscha collected up a timid effort.\r\n\r\nExeter City loanee Gosling continued his demolition job on the right wing, causing havoc every time he received the ball and produced a brilliant cut-back to Groves who lofted his shot over.\r\n\r\nThe 21-year-old was at it again shortly after, brilliantly interplaying with Hanks and Lewis Hogg to tee up Groves again who curled his effort wide.\r\n\r\nYet again, Gosling tore down the right and delivered a sumptuous ball into Will Morford who couldn’t keep his header down from 5 yards out.\r\n\r\nThe three points were sealed as Griffin turned swiftly on the edge of the area to smash a low drive into the bottom corner for his second in front of the large throng of City fans that had travelled to Cambridgeshire.\r\n\r\nThe big striker could’ve sealed a hat-trick in stoppage time heading inches over from a Hanks corner.\r\n\r\nHiston: C. Kitscha, H. O’Malley, A. White, B. Clappison, W. De Havilland, M. Clunan (Clark 87), M. Built (Waters 76), E. Libertucci, A. Yussuf, N. Freeman, C. Day (Relizani 76)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: P. Clark, B. McLaughlin, H. Bream\r\n\r\nGoals:  Yussuf 17\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, M. Roome, B. Jones (Giglio 64), M. Coupe, J. Harris, J. Hanks, L. Hogg, M. Groves (Williams 89), N. Jarvis (Morford 76), C. Griffin, J. Gosling\r\n\r\nSubs not used: T. Webb, M. Rose\r\n\r\nGoals: Groves 14, Griffin 26, 86\r\n\r\nStar man: Charlie Griffin – a revelation up front for the Tigers since his debut, sealed a complete performance with a stunning second goal.

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