Ed Williams put in a man of the match performance in front of a National League North record crowd at Edgeley Park as the Tigers closed out their season with a 1-1 draw at Stockport County.

Williams, 21, set up Zack Kotwica’s equaliser that silenced nearly 5,700 home fans to end the Hatters play-off hopes after Danny Lloyd had put the home side ahead from the penalty spot.

Reflecting on the game and the season as a whole, Williams expressed his desire that the current squad of players stays together as a group.

“The boys did really well today and we are all really pleased with our performance” he said. “It isn’t easy to come here and get a result but all the lads turned up today and they were all superb.

“Across the season as a whole I’m pleased with the way I’ve played and I’ve really enjoyed playing for Gloucester City this year.

“We’ve got a great bunch of lads here and I hope we can all stick together, which will allow us to build on a really positive season for the lads.”

Williams, a former Cheltenham Town and Cirencester Town winger, said that the bumper attendance didn’t increase pressure on his teammates, but rather giving them more motivation to perform.

“That’s definitely the biggest crowd I’ve played in front of” said Williams. “For me I see it as great motivation. When you’re in the game and in the moment you don’t really think about the crowd.

“Obviously they were noisy but I thought our fans were unbelievable today and being able to hear them singing after we went a goal down, that really lifted us.

“Then we scored our goal it was great to be able to go over to them and celebrate with them to show them how much we appreciate their support.”

Talking about the run that set up Kotwica’s goal, where Williams dribbled past several opposition players, the Tigers forward admitted that he wanted to take the shot on himself before seeing Kotwica unmarked.

“As soon as I picked the ball up I just wanted to be positive with it because that’s what we’re always told to do.

“I drove at the back four and admittedly I was looking for a shooting opportunity but then I saw Zack in a better position, slotted it through the defender’s legs and it was a great finish from him.”

Williams was keen to finish by praising the fans that travelled to Edgeley Park to cheer the Tigers on one last time.

“We love when the fans travel all around the country to support us, it really gives us a buzz to see them cheering us on.

“To see them all in the fancy dress today was brilliant and being able to celebrate with them after the game was fantastic.”

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