The quest for a first win of the season goes on for Gloucester City as they were condemned to defeat at Weston-super-Mare.
Tim Harris opted to name an unchanged side for the first time this season, as he fielded the same team that started in the draw against Wealdstone on Saturday afternoon.
City came flying out the blocks to start the game, as Joe Parker had two really good opportunities from the off as he saw one shot cleared off the line and a follow up effort saved inside the opening minute.
Weston answered back with some short and snappy play of their own, as Alex Harris was forced into a very good stop to keep out Dayle Grubb’s effort from within 10 yards.
Then came a moment of pure individual brilliance, one that would not look out of place as a contender for the Puskas award.
The Tigers were pressing and opening Weston up. On the edge of the box, Ed Williams saw Kieran Parselle bounding up the pitch. Williams laid the ball off to the defender who unleashed a thunderbolt of a strike into the opposite top corner.
Weston appeared fairly lackadaisical in their tracking back and pressuring, as the defence stood off Ed Williams who fed in Joe Parker, but the shot went wide.
Weston had the equaliser through the impressive Jake Lee.
A very well worked move on the edge of the Tigers box was slipped in by Tristan Plummer to Lee who, reaching for it, finished well.
The first half ticked by with not much further incident, but in the second half Weston were arguably the better side, pressing to break the deadlock before Mawford dragged a shot wide from 12 yards.
The game began to heat up and became a feisty affair, as former Weston man Mullings and Kington were booked within minutes of each other.
The hosts were left wondering how they didn’t take the lead when Plummer really should have done better, dragging a shot past the post 20 yards out.
Weston had a deserved lead, but it came in fortuitous circumstances.
Reece King gave away a foul 25 yards from goal, and despite a poorly struck free kick by Grubb it took a wicked deflection that saw it fly past Alex Harris.
Tim Harris threw on Ethan Moore as they looked to salvage something from the game.
Moore beat the offside trap soon after coming on and looked to bend a shot but he couldn’t keep his effort down.
Chasing the game, City threw bodies forward and Keiran Thomas went on a marauding run, only to be scythed down by a two footed tackle from Jarrad Welsh, which he duly saw red for.
Weston-super-Mare: Purnell, Pope, Greenslade, Lee, Baldwin, Laird, Mawford (Welsh 85’), Kington (capt), Reid, Grubb, Plummer
Subs not used: Seymour, Collins, Hill, Harper
Gloucester City: Harris, Thomas (capt), Parselle, Hamilton, Avery, Mullings, Cundy, Webb (King 64’), Morford (Moore 71’), Parker (Kotwica 82’), Williams
Subs not used: Mbunga, Forsyth
Referee: Alex Blake
Star man: Kieran Parselle