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Defeat at Blyth

Gloucester City suffered defeat at the hands of Blyth Spartans yesterday afternoon at Croft Park, with goals from Lewis McNall and Jordan Hickey securing a 2-0 victory for the home side.

Lee Mansell made two changes to his City side that beat Peterborough Sports earlier in the week, with Jack James and Lucas Tomlinson replacing Jamie Egan and Sion Spence, with the latter carrying a slight injury.

Tré Mitford and Jack James came close for City in the first-half, but it was Blyth who had the greater chances with Brandon Hall called into action several times and Michael Richardson striking the bar .

The hosts then took the lead with 60 minutes on the clock with McNall finishing past Hall from close range.

City piled on the pressure towards the end of the game, with Kieran Phillips and Danny King brought on off the bench to try and find an equaliser but Blyth stood firm and secured the three points when Hickey scored in stoppage time to make it 2-0.

Here's what City manager Lee Mansell had to say following the match:

"There’s no denying it we were poor today, we couldn’t get going at any point during the game - both goals are awful and miles away from where we need to be.

"Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and say we were poor and today is the day to do that, that’s all of us as a collective we need to learn from this and learn quickly.

"I’m especially disappointed for our supporters who made the long trip up this morning, we will be better and I thank you for your support today.

"You deserve more than what we gave you today, we will regroup and refocus for two big games next weekend."

Mansell's side are next in action on Saturday, 27th August, with Brackley Town the opponents at the TigerTurf Stadium - Buy your tickets here. The team then face Hereford at Edgar Street on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August and you can book your seat on the Supporters' Coach here.


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