Gloucester City squandered the lead twice at St. Alban’s City, but still claimed all three points as a late Robbie Cundy header gave the Tigers all three points, making it their fourth win on the trot.
Tim Harris was forced to change the winning side that had been victorious in their last three games, with Joe Hanks unavailable and Kieran Parselle out injured.
City made a lightning start, though, and it did not look as if they were playing their third game in a week.
Tom Webb showed quick feet to Tom Bender to win his side a corner. Ed Williams delivered the set piece and Sam Avery was afforded a free header, as he powered it goalwards past Dean Snedker.
St. Alban’s did not look like a side that had won their first six games, as they went about their play in a lazy manner. A chance befell Solomon Sambou as he saw the ball drop to him 12 yards out but he scuffed the shot wide of Tom Hadler’s goal.
Shaun Lucien and Keiran Thomas were having a good battler down the left flank, with Webb having to come in to support Thomas on more than one occasion.
Lucien cut inside onto his left foot and attempted to bend one into the far corner but Hadler always had it covered as he watched the ball drift wide.
The Tigers began to live a bit more dangerously, as Sam Merson – son of former Arsenal midfielder Paul – struck the post with a looping header before Hadler scrambled it clear.
Hadler couldn’t keep out the strike that saw St. Alban’s draw level, however, as the dangerous Lucien came inside on his right foot before finding the net with a little help from the crossbar.
The hosts were reduced to ten men not long into the second half, as Ben Herd saw red for a deliberate handball, blocking Tom Webb’s goalbound strike with his arm.
From the resulting spot-kick, Ed Williams stepped up to atone for his earlier mistake that led to St. Alban’s equaliser, and he did so with ease, sending Snedker the wrong way.
Williams was the focal point of most of the Tigers attacking play, with the forward doing well to get past Sambou but his shot left a lot to be desired as it flew well off target.
City squandered a golden opportunity to put the game to bed as Kotwica hesitated on the ball before squaring to Webb one-on-one but St. Alban’s got back to recover well.
The hosts were level for a second time as Tom Gardiner tapped home into an empty net following Walker’s cross.
City won it with less than five minutes to go though, as Robbie Cundy powered home a header from a Williams corner to give the Tigers their fourth win in a row.
St. Alban’s City: Snedker, Bender, Noble (capt) (Eadie 76’), Joseph, Gardiner, Lucien, Sambou, Merson (Eshun 76’), Monlouis (Walker 59’), Banton
Subs not used: Kiangebeni, Russell
Gloucester City: Hadler, Thomas (capt), Avery, Hamilton, Cundy, Mullings, Page (King 46’), Webb, Moore (Morford 65’), Parker (Kotwica 68’), Williams
Subs not used: Chambers, Harris
Referee: James Bell
Star man: Ed Williams