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Saturday 26 August 2006
British Gas Business Southern League Premier
(match 2)
at Theobalds Lane
BGB Southern League logo

Cheshunt Badge



Gloucester City

New Tigers Badge: no-one knows why...

HT (0-2)

Cheshunt kit
J.Welsh (31,51),
L.Corbett (37)
N.Gyoury ©
C.Thompson ©
(for 8, 78) S.Obeng
A.Harris (for 11, 83)
(for 3, 69) M.Deane
L.Randall (for 3, 88)
(for 9, 78) A.Cato
N.Mustoe (for 7, 71)
City: none - Cheshunt: G.Parry (late tackle 55)
Dismissals: none

T-Ender City MotM: Alex Sykes - kept City going forward in the first half particularly and some clever touches exemplified our extra class.

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City ended up cruising to a comfortable victory over a poor Cheshunt side but it looked far from being straight forward in the opening stages of the game when the home side looked strong and caused us problems with their direct approach. However some sloppy defending contributed to Cheshunt's downfall and enabled our new strike partnership to bolster their confidence with both Welsh and Corbett opening their accounts for the season. City will be happy enough with the points and a good job well done, but on this showing Cheshunt have much to fear from the season and we won't be the only side leaving their place with all of the points.

City could easily have found themselves a goal behind in the opening stages as Cheshunt looked the more convincing attacking outfit with a direct and physical attack that forced both Hamblin and Tomkins to stretch their legs. The main Cheshunt threat came through Dean Fenton on the left and he forced a good save from Matt Bath who needed to dive at full length to palm his effort wide. Soon after Cheshunt captain Nick Gyoury spurned a good opportunity as he planted a free header wide from a corner.

City didn't collapse though and continued to enjoy more of the ball. Finally we managed to match Cheshunt's strength in the final third and just after the half hour Jason Welsh made the breakthrough. Mike Fowler kept the ball alive and turned it back into the Cheshunt goal mouth where both Corbett and Sykes were involved in a scramble on the six yard box. Cheshunt failed to clear their lines and with the ball loose in their penalty area Jason Welsh was able to turn sharply and crash the ball past the keeper to claim his first goal in City colours.

The goal seemed to knock the stuffing completely out of Cheshunt and City pressed forward and quickly doubled the lead. City earned a corner after the Corbett and Welsh strike partnership showed some promising signs the pair can work together, Corbett producing a good save from Kalli in the Cheshunt goal as he picked up a Welsh knock down to drive goalward from 25 yards. Sykes took the resulting corner and Cheshunt were punished for woeful marking as Corbett was left completely unattended to turn the ball in at the far post.

After the break City extended the lead after another bit of slack defending. Corbett was given all day to collect the ball down th left and having slipped beyond a defender found time to wait for support to arrive and pick out Jason Welsh in the goalmouth, the big forward having no hesitation in volleying in the cross from close range. It was all looking to easy for City and although Cheshunt managed to shore things up the damage was done and City could sit back and afford to admire the emerging sunshine with the points safely in the bag. The match drifted to an uneventful conclusion but Tim Harris took advantage of the opportunity to test the legs of some of his subs.

City's Mike Fowler was on the end of a clumsy late tackle from Cheshunt's Glen Parry, but that did ease the path for the welcome return of City skipper Neil Mustoe who enjoyed the last 20 minutes of the match and his first taste of competitive football since that terrible double fractured leg sustained against Evesham in February. Mustoe showed some good touches and also managed to lambast the ref, and any fear he might avoid challenges were laid to rest as he was lucky to avoid a yellow card for a thumping tackle. All in all, a very encouraging return. City's Adie Harris also got a brief run out to test his hamstring, with the ever popular Lee Randall also getting a brief late cameo appearance before the final whistle.



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T-Ender Match Snaps
Reid gets stuck in
Welsh celebrates his first goal
Reid goes in hard on Dave Wattley and Bobby Highton
Welsh gets that winning feeling after opening the scoring.
Welsh leaps for a throw
Jason Welsh gets on the end of a long throw from Miller.
Corbett on the run Sykes shows some class
Corbett is shadowed as he charges down the left wing. Alex Sykes tries to buy some time on the ball.

Team Selection:
With Aaron Wilson missing for a family wedding Tim Harris started with both Alex Sykes and Jamie Reid in the side, drafting Adie Harris on to the subs' bench after his hamstring problems.
TBBM Said:
"If Luke Corbett could do the easy things as well as the difficult things he wouldn't be playing for us".
Tactics Board:
That left wing-back spot is still causing us problems with Jonny Miller looking distinctly ill at ease when asked to defend on his weak foot. A better side could have made us pay but with Cheshunt collapsing like an American foreign policy initiative we were never forced to re-think.
Anorak Corner:
This match saw Lyndon Tomkins finally clock up his 50th appearance for City, a milestone worth marking as the burly centre-half is now in his fifth season with the club. It is an achivement for persistence after that awful freak knee injury delayed his debut for two years and even last Spring his City career looked to be on borrowed time as loan players arrived and Tim Harris released him on loan to Bishop's Cleeve. When injury gave Lyndon another chance he took it, and his most recent games have been amongst his most effective in the side.
T-Ender Verdict
Again you feel we haven't quite clicked into our best form yet but you can only beat the team in front of you, and City deserved the comprehensive victory over a weak Cheshunt side. Tim Harris will be most pleased that both his strikers found the net today, we need them in form if we're to make a serious bid for a place in the higher reaches of the table we currently find ourselves.
Highlights Elsewhere:

City's win takes us up to 4th, partly because the division is already showing how closely matched most of the teams are, with no side now able to boast a 100% record. However Northwood did enough to suggest their surprise early season form isn't just luck as they held title favourites Bath City to a goalless draw at Twerton Park, while much fancied King's Lynn season continues to splutter as they were also held to a 1-1 draw at Maidenhead United.

The new league leaders are Mangotsfield United who left Rugby with a 2-0 win, the second goal coming in the last minute courtesy of a ginat kick from keeper Steve Book. Cirencester remain without a win after a goalless draw at home to Merthyr Tydfil. Defeat today leaves Cheshunt bottom.

Other Match Reports:

Tiger Roar Match Report

Further Reading:

BGB Southern League Premier Results & Website
BGB Southern League Table

Referee: J.Steel (Stourbridge) City League Pos: 4th (+7) City Form: WLW-LWW

Ref Watch:

7- Some odd decisions but allowed game to flow.

Attendance: 161    
Conditions: dry with some sun
Lorry Score:


Match Report:
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