Gloucester City kicked off their 2016 pre-season campaign with a 2-1 victory away at Tuffley Rovers.\r\n\r\nWith a number of trialists and new signings on show, the door was shut in the Tigers face for the first half, before Joe Hanks and Joe Parker notched the goals that made the difference.\r\n\r\nFormer City youngster Brett James got one back for Rovers in the last quarter of an hour but Tuffley couldn’t fight back to equalise.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers opted for three in defence with Keiran Thomas and Lewis Hall favoured at wing back, with both players getting forward at every opportunity.\r\n\r\nHall did well to win a free kick on the corner of the penalty area that was whipped in by Hanks but claimed easily by Evans.\r\n\r\nHaving moved from Cinderford Town to City together in the summer, the chemistry was apparent between Thomas and Ethan Moore as they linked up well down the right, but Rovers full back Kieran Squires was equal to Moore and muscled him off the ball.\r\n\r\nSquires was in the action again minutes later as he recovered well to put in a last ditch challenge on Parker in the Rovers penalty area.\r\n\r\nRovers had a good chance to take the lead following good work from Shayne Bradley as he took the ball down on his chest. Eventually the ball was crossed to Henry Birkett who was reaching for it and volleyed over.\r\n\r\nThe start of the second half saw an immediate breakthrough for the Tigers as Joe Hanks broke the deadlock.\r\n\r\nHanks, who was given the captain’s armband for the night, surged forward from midfield before driving a dipping effort from outside the area low into the corner of the net.\r\n\r\nHalf-time substitute James Fitzgibbon was clearly out to impress, as he played a major part in the Tigers quick-fire second.\r\n\r\nFitzgibbon travelled 40 yards with the ball before whipping a delightful cross that was met by an equally good knockdown by Moore. Ed Williams saw his shot saved by Evans but Parker was on hand to smash in the rebound.\r\n\r\nTuffley were right back in the match with just over a quarter of an hour to go through former Tigers man Brett James.\r\n\r\nJames, who was signed to a youth deal at City in 2011, rose highest at the back post above Fitzgibbon to send a looping header past Phil Clarke.\r\n\r\nOnce again Fitzgibbon was involved once more as his cross from the right found Moore who shot over from six yards, courtesy of an awkward bounce.\r\n\r\nEvans was forced into a great reaction stop at his near post as he tipped over Fitzgibbon’s effort to keep the deficit at just one goal, but Rovers could not find the equaliser and the Tigers opened their pre-season account with a win.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: Clarke, Thomas, Hall, S. Hamilton, Deaman, M. Williams, Hanks (capt), Knowles, Parker, Moore, E. Williams.\r\n\r\nSubs: Webb, Hopper, Hicks, Fitzgibbon, Mendes, Lewis, Dinsley\r\n\r\nTuffley Rovers: Evans, Hill, Herbert, Anson, Squires, Walker, A. Davies, C. Hamilton, James, Birkett, Bradley\r\n\r\nSubs: Haswell, Tunnicliffe, Lander, Foxwell, Drew, R. Williams, Bernard, G. Davis\r\n\r\nStar man: Joe Hanks

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