Ross Staley continued his prolific pre-season goalscoring form as he netted a free kick to see Gloucester City past a competitive Shortwood United side.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers lined up with a mixture of first team regulars, trialists and youth team players who have impressed City fans thus far.\r\n\r\nThe combination of youth and experience proved to be a good arrangement as City started the game strong. Joe Parker struck an edge of the box free kick narrowly wide of the Shortwood goal early on.\r\n\r\nMike Symons, in his third game for the Tigers since re-joining from Worcester City in the off-season, turned well just outside the area and hit a fierce effort that cannoned away off the post.\r\n\r\nWith City piling on the pressure, Obi Anoruo looked to bag his first goal for the Tigers but his near post shot was well blocked by the Shortwood defender.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers continued to press for an opening goal and it nearly came through trialist Ben Brooks, as he spotted the ‘keeper off his line and tried to curl one into the net, but his effort was superbly tipped over.\r\n\r\nWith the scores level at half-time, Tigers boss Tim Harris opted to send out an unchanged eleven for the second period, however it was Shortwood that nearly got the opener just after the restart.\r\n\r\nA sweeping cross into the box from the right hand side found the Shortwood attacker in acres of space but Jasbir Singh did brilliantly to quickly change direction and stop the shot.\r\n\r\nSingh was in action again moments later as a stunning dipping half volley came in from the edge of the box and Singh was at full stretch to pull off a marvellous save and tip it over the bar.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers took the lead twenty minutes from the end of proceedings through Ross Staley’s teasing free kick.\r\n\r\nFollowing a foul on Harry White on the angle of the penalty area, Staley delivered a low powerful cross that found its way through the melee of bodies in the box and into the back of the net.\r\n\r\nWith time running out, Shortwood pressed for an equaliser and they nearly had it but for a terrible miss following some lovely passing play.\r\n\r\nHowever it was not to be for Shortwood on this occasion and Gloucester City make it two wins from three in this pre-season campaign.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: Singh, Green, Staley, Avery, Williams, Connolly, Hicks, Parker, Anoruo, Symons, Brooks\r\n\r\nSubs: Richards, White, Jones, Thompson, Hamilton\r\n\r\nStar man: Ross Staley (Gloucester)

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