City defeated by Celtic
Posted on 30th November 2020 at 08:58
Gloucester City suffered a first home loss of the season after they were defeated 2-1 by Farsley Celtic.
City took a first half lead when new signing Tahvon Campbell flicked past the Celtic keeper from a Gavin Gunning corner.
Farsley levelled two minutes later when Tom Allan headed home at the back post from a lofted free kick.
The winner came in the 75th minute when Jimmy Spencer pounced on a City defensive error and calmly finished to secure three points for the visitors.
Jake Cole named three changes from the side that took on Gateshead with Gunning, Lewis Brunt and new signing Campbell coming into replace Fabien Robert, Danny King and Alex Hainault.
The visitors started brightly and were denied an opening goal by Moulden in the fourth minute. Patrick Lane burst through one on one, but Moulden was quickly down to tip his curling effort past the post.
City soon started to find their rhythm and Jack James would go close to opening the scoring in the 15th minute. New signing Campbell made room down the left to deliver an inviting cross, but James’ effort was blocked, and Celtic were able to scramble clear.
City had now taken control of the match and they would take the lead in the 31st minute through Campbell. Gunning whipped in a trademark back post corner for Liam Daly to head across goal and City’s number nine flicked home his first goal in City colours.
The lead didn’t last long and two minutes later the visitors levelled through Allan. The Celtic defender rose highest from a free kick and looped a header into the far corner.
City went close to re-taking the lead in the last minute of the half when Tommy O’Sullivan whipped a cross to the back post for the arriving James, but his headed effort sailed into the side netting.
The second half continued in end to end fashion, and Moulden was twice called into action in the opening exchanges. First, Celtic burst down the right but the City keeper was equal to the resulting low driven effort. City’s keeper denied the visitors minutes later with a smart save from a curling strike from the edge of the box by Lane.
The visitors continued to look bright and went close to taking the lead in the 60th minute. Lane latched onto a quick throw in and crossed for a sliding Carl Johnston at the back post, but his effort cannoned off the post and the score remained level.
Celtic looked especially dangerous from free kicks, and Allan came close to scoring his second in the 70th minute. The Farsley defender looked free to volley home at the back post but Moulden bravely charged out and denied the visitors.
James was a menace to the Celtic defence all afternoon and came agonisingly close to setting up a goal in the 71st minute. The City wing back picked out Brunt in the box, but the ball skidded off the surface into Brunt’s chest and out for a goal kick.
The winning goal would eventually come in the 75th minute when Spencer took full advantage of City’s defensive mix-up and calmly finished past an on-rushing Moulden.
The Tigers tirelessly pressed for an equaliser as the clock ticked towards 90, but Farsley remained resilient and the game finished 2-1.
City remain top of the National League North and return to action on Tuesday night against Boston United at Meadow Park. The game will be streamed live by GCAFC TV. FREE for season ticket holders and £7.99 for non-season ticket holders.
Gloucester City starting XI: 19. Moulden 5. Daly (C) 23. Morgan 8. Thomas 17. James 11. Mensah 14. O’Sullivan 4. Gunning 16. Brunt 9. Campbell 15. Nicholls -Substitutes- 1. Lovett 6. Robert 3. Whittle 18. King 20. Jones.00
Farsley Celtic starting XI: 1. Drench 2. Richards 3. Hayhurst 4. Atkinson 5. Allan 6. Clayton 7. Lane 8. Johnston 9. Spencer 10. Syers 11. Parkin -Substitutes- 12. Charles 14. Smith-Brown 15. Atkinson 16. Heath 17. West
Match report Isaac Henderson
Photos Neil Phelps
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