A second half thunderbolt from James Bowen coupled with a resilient defensive performance saw Gloucester City put unbeaten Nuneaton Town to the sword to see the Tigers claim their first points away from home this season.\r\n\r\nThe first chance of any note fell to the unbeaten hosts a quarter of the way through the half. A dipping long shot by left back James Reid was superbly tipped over by Jasbir Singh.\r\n\r\nIn a half of little chances, neither side could create much going forward. James Bowen had a half-chance as his driven ball into the six-yard box took several deflections before Jordan Smith eventually gathered it into his grateful hands.\r\n\r\nFormer Aston Villa hitman Marlon Harewood went close on the half-hour. Singh was stranded after he misjudged a header outside the area and the ball fell gratefully to Harewood who could only shoot wide of the open net.\r\n\r\nThe second half started as lively as the first ended. Joe Hanks drove a rasping ball into the corridor of uncertainty but Symons just couldn’t quite get his foot to it to turn into an open goal.\r\n\r\nThere was cause for worry as Jasbir Singh and Matt Williams suffered a breakdown in communications when trying to clear the ball from danger. The Tigers were lucky as Reid’s speculative effort from range was marginally wide.\r\n\r\nAgainst the run of play the Tigers had the lead through on loan Cheltenham Town winger James Bowen, who controlled superbly with his chest before rifling a strike into the top corner.\r\n\r\nWith the hosts in unfamiliar territory now they were chasing the game, Aaron Williams turned fantastically on the edge of the box to get his shot away that saw Singh sprawling across but the effort was a matter of centimetres off target.\r\n\r\nThe visitors once again had Singh to thank for the scores remaining level as he produced a wonderful double stop first from a Reid free kick and then the shot-stopper hurled himself in front of the follow up from David Morgan.\r\n\r\nOnce more Singh was in action in front of the silenced home fans. This time Singh was forced into a triple save from Chettle and Morgan’s combination of efforts, although the latter two were offside.\r\n\r\nJoe Parker was then introduced by Tim Harris to replace the weary Obi Anoruo, and the ex-Newport County man was in the thick of things straight away as he struck a sliced effort just wide.\r\n\r\nWith Nuneaton pressing for an equaliser late on, Jaz Singh once again would not be beaten and City held on to claim a priceless 3 points.\r\n\r\nNuneaton Town: Smith, Lawton (N’Goma 79’), Reid, Keane, Maguire (capt), Lane, Morgan, Chettle (Canavan 79’), Harewood (Duffy 64’), Byrne, Williams\r\n\r\nSubs: Keane, Dyer\r\n\r\nGloucester City: Singh, Hamilton, Jones, Williams (capt), Avery, Hanks, Liddiard, Connolly (Thompson 42’), Anoruo (Parker 87’), Symons, Bowen (Miller 90’)\r\n\r\nSubs: Hicks, Hall\r\n\r\nReferee: Michael D’Aguilar\r\n\r\nAttendance: 815\r\n\r\nStar man: James Bowen (Gloucester)

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