Gloucester City ran out comfortable winners as they opened Lydney Town’s new stand at their Recreation Ground.\r\n\r\nA thunderbolt from the returning Lewis Hogg, a close range effort from Matt Williams and a nonchalant finish from Charlie Griffin sealed a routine win against the Hellenic League side.\r\n\r\nNewcomers Paul White, Nathan Modest and George Miller all saw action as Tim Harris saw the majority of his squad in action.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers began strongly as Modest, Miller and Adam Mann were all thwarted by smart saves from Josh Loade.\r\n\r\nHowever, the hosts took a surprise lead after a defensive mix-up between Mark Preece and Harvey Rivers saw the defender pass the ball into his own net.\r\n\r\nLydney could’ve doubled the advantage as James Creed smashed the ball against the bar, shortly after Chris Jones had almost levelled.\r\n\r\nLoade produced a top draw stop to deny Antigua and Barbuda international Nat Jarvis and Matt Groves smashed over.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers levelled with a beauty from Hogg, seeing his first action since July, striking a 30 yard screamer.\r\n\r\nEx-Preston North End midfielder Miller almost added a second with a curler hitting the woodwork, before Williams tucked home Groves’ cross in the box to put City ahead.\r\n\r\nSubstitute Charlie Griffin added a third from the edge of box after fantastic interplay with Sam Avery.\r\n\r\nHarris’ men peppered the Lydney goal for the rest of the contest with Scott Wilson clipping the post and Marc Richards, Avery, Miller and Groves all being denied on a good workout for the Vanarama North side.\r\n\r\nLydney Town: J. Loade (R. Elliott 85), T. Shaw (D. Jenks 45), J. Davies (H. Williams 36), N. Halford, S. Elliott, J. Morse, J. Addis, D. Morgan, J. Creed (D. Grossman 65), J. Liddington (R. Kear 50), P. Gibbs\r\n\r\nGoals: Preece OG 12\r\n\r\nGloucester City: H. Rivers (P. White 45), S. Avery, M. Groves, M. Preece (S. Hamilton 45), M. Williams (M. Richards 45), N. Modest (S. Wilson 45), L. Hogg (A. Connolly 45), G. Miller (B. Jones 84), C. Jones, N. Jarvis, A. Mann (C. Griffin 61)\r\n\r\nGoals: Hogg 29, Williams 33, Griffin 63\r\n\r\nAttendance: 240

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