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Gloucester City claim first home victory of 2024 after defeating Scarborough Athletic 1-0 at the TigerTurf Stadium: MATCH REPORT

Theo Robinson’s 7th minute goal was enough to secure all three points for Gloucester as they defeated 8th placed Scarborough Athletic.


Mike Cook made three changes to his side following Tuesday's defeat away to Buxton, as Josh Smile, Joe Hanks and Theo Robinson came in for Elliott Durell, Harlain Mbayo and Danny Wright, opting for a back four once again. 


Robinson opened the scoring on seven minutes thanks to a brilliant counter attack started off by a brilliant tackle by Brandon Liggett who laid it off to Joe Hanks in midfield who found Robinson in behind the Scarborough defence and the forward opened up his body and curled a brilliant effort into the far right corner.


Alexander Wiles had a pop shot from 25 yards out for the visitors but his effort sailed just wide of the post.


The Seadogs had another opportunity to equalise as Alex Brown got on the end of an inswinging cross but failed to divert his effort goalwards.


Teddy Rowe came close to putting City two goals to the good as the Aston Villa loanee took on numerous Scarborough defenders but his long range effort went just over the bar.


Brandon Smalley hit the post in the 40th minute after a driven corner by Hanks was put in as City kept up the pressure late in the first half.


Lewis Maloney was replaced by Harry Green by the visitors in the only change for either side at the break.


Jared Thompson was called into action thanks to a fast paced cross put into the box which the City goalkeeper dealt with easily. 


City were awarded with a penalty in the 57th minute thanks to a determined run from Smalley who was brought down via a blatant push in the back.


Hanks stepped up to the spot but blasted his penalty over the bar. 


Thompson made another save in the 70th minute to stop The Seadog’s from going level, as he stopped Kieran Weledji’s effort at the near post.


Ty Duffus came close from a corner but the centre-back just missed the target with his header from Hanks’ set piece. 


Substitute Green hit the post shortly after as Scarborough continued to pile on the pressure.


Smalley was played through on goal again with a golden opportunity to put the game to bed however the forward tripped over and put his effort directly at Ryan Whitley in the Scarborough goal. 


Rowe was denied his second goal for City thanks to a superb stop from Whitley at the near post. 


The defeat meant Scarborough remained outside the playoffs without a win in six matches. 


Despite today’s victory, City remain in the relegation places but close the gap on those above them ever so slightly. 


City will make the trip to Derbyshire next weekend as they take on Alfreton Town hoping to move closer to safety, today's opponents Scarborough travel up to Buxton next Saturday. 

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