Gloucester City picked up their second consecutive victory with a committed performance away at Hungerford Town, writes Kelsey De Maria.

Tim Harris named an unchanged XI from the side that picked up the Tigers first three points of the season against Hemel Hempstead Town last weekend.

Elsewhere for Hungerford, Luke Hopper started leading the line for the first time since moving from the Tigers in the summer.

Tom Hadler was forced into action early on as he was forced to make a very good stop down low to deny Scott Rees.

The hosts had started brightly and it took an exceptional bit of defending from Keiran Thomas to deny Luke Hopper a certain goalscoring opportunity.

The Tigers didn’t need much to take the lead though, as Ed Williams broke the deadlock.

Following a fine run inside of the defence, Williams finished well, rifling a powerful left footed strike past Ward from the edge of the box.

Hopper seemed determined to grab a goal against his former club. Turning and making space in the box for himself, he got a shot away but fired over.

The Tigers had a two goal cushion not long after and after being praised in the week by Tim Harris, Joe Parker was the man who got the goal.

Joe Hanks found himself some space on the right hand side before picking out Parker with a superb cross, leaving the simplest of headers for the forward.

The game was a lively affair, and the hosts weren’t completely out of it as they got one back as Soares shot was deflected into his own net by Parselle.

From the restart, City were immediately on the front foot as Hanks forced a good save from Ward after a stinging effort.

Hanks and Parker were the two main men going forward for City, and it was the two that combined for the third.

Hanks set Parker away in behind the defence and after getting past his man, Parker chipped it over Ward and was left an open net to make double sure he had his second of the game.

Hanks made a powerful and committed run into the box but Hungerford put bodies in the way to thwart the midfielder as City searched for a fourth.

The fifth goal would go the way of the hosts though as the Tigers switched off at the back and Bignall picked an easy cross to Ngamvoulou for the front man to slot home.

City looked comfortable, but Hopper was still causing problems which meant Hadler had to stand tall to prevent him.

Hadler was the man of the moment again right at the end as he made a stunning double save to deny a certain goal for Hungerford following a goalmouth scramble.

 

Hungerford Town: Ward, Tyler (capt), Stonehouse, Boardman, Partridge, Willmoth (Bignall 58’), Clark (Herring 58’), Rees (Ngamvoulou 58’), Brown, Hopper, Soares

Subs not used: Meechan, Bentley

Gloucester City: Hadler, Thomas (capt), Parselle, Hamilton, Cundy, Mullings, Hanks (Kotwica 84’), Webb, Moore (Morford 70’), Parker (Chambers 87’), Williams

Subs not used: Page, Kotwica, Avery, Chambers

Referee: Jason Richardson

Attendance: 332

Star man: Joe Parker

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