Gloucester City ground out a scrappy 1-0 win at the Jubilee Stadium today against Concord Rangers which sees them lifted up to 17th in the table and 5 points clear of the Vanarama South drop zone. Naming a predominantly unchanged side from that which started against Welling United away last week, Marc Richards’ side started brightly and had the majority of the possession with the football being played mostly in the middle of the park.
During a first half devoid of too much excitement, City played some good football but failed to capitalise on any of the chances created. However, just after the break a Tom Webb cross was converted but quickly and incorrectly ruled off side drawing derision from the home support behind the goal.
Not letting their heads drop, City pressed for a winner and were rewarded for the second week on the trot in the dying minutes when Joe Hanks ran into the box and was brought down by the Concord defence with the referee correctly pointing to the spot.
Ed Williams converted the resultant penalty and ran to celebrate jubilantly with the fans behind the goal.
Although Concord pressed for a late equaliser, the Tigers held their nerve and earned the 3 points, moving them 5 points clear of the relegation zone. With 7 points earned from the last available 9, manager Marc Richards was in a happy but grounded mood.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester City TV he said,
“I said to them at half time, it’s going to go 1-0, we’ve got to dig out and average performance and get the points. We’ve played a lot better than that and lost this season, so really pleased, we got the result against Welling last week but to get a scrappy 1-0 win, i’d take them all the way to the end of the season.”
“I think it’s so important that the lads all stick together, I said to them at the end it’s about the team. It’s all about getting Gloucester City the best possible result on a Saturday, Monday or Tuesday evening, so it’s really important that the lads stick together and yeah the mood is decent in the dressing room but we’ve got another 5 games in the space of 15 days coming up, so that’s really going to test the strength in depth of this squad and also the togetherness.”
“Until it’s mathematically safe, we’re not thinking of anything else except putting performances and results on the board and then we’ll see where we’re at, so massive couple of weeks coming up and we’re looking forward to going straight into Wealdstone on Monday evening”.
Gloucester City’s next game is away to Wealdstone Tomorrow Night, kick off 19:45.