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Tuesday 2 October 2006
British Gas Business Southern League Premier
(match 9)
at Meadow Park, Gloucester
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New Tigers Badge: no-one knows why...

Gloucester City


Chippenham Town


HT (0-0)

J.Bevan (66)
City home kit
C.Thompson ©
I.Herring ©
A.Griffin (for 11, 61)
S.Allison (for 10, 71)
(for 9, 85) J.Tustain
P.Milsom (for 2, 66)
(for 10, 78) J.Reid
City: J.Bevan (imaginary foul 79), J.Tustain (breathing 83)
Chippenham: M.Paul (late tackle 30), I.Harvey (fighting 56)
Dismissals: City: T.Webb (dangerous tackle 77)

T-Ender City MotM: Aaron Wilson - his running and pace on the left caused problems all night and made Chippenham reshuffle their side.

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City finally got the better of Chippenham in a typically bad-tempered and fractious match at Meadow Park that will have seen the Gloucester players exorcise some of the ghosts of the Eastleigh cup exit the previous Saturday. Neither team has been in the best of form so perhaps the scrappy nature of the match should not have come as a surprise, but while this may not be a game that will live long in the memory it was a gutsy display and a vital result.

There was little rhythm to the match with both teams struggling to find team mates with their passing and a match punctuated by niggling fouls. City could have taken an early lead after Robertson upended Aaron Wilson and Bevan hot his head to the resulting free kick, but the loose ball fell to Lyndon Tomkins whose shot flew over. City had obviously been told to take no chances after the weekend's defensive collapse and this was largely aimless route one stuff, but even that has an art that seemed beyond us in the first half. Aaron Wilson's pace was a useful outlet and he hared on to one clearance to deliver a good cross from wide, Whittington getting a near post touch only for Bevan to turn and blaze his snatched shot high over the bar.

Chippenham's main contribution was to join in with the poor passing and to routinely kick over Wilson and Whittington, Simon Charity some how not getting booked for a bad hack at Aaron. The free kick saw us come the closest yet to scoring with Tomkins thumping a header just wide after Bevan flicked on the original cross. Chippenham had even less to show for all the midfield huff and puff, their best effort being a fierce 30 yard drive from the impressive Kevin Halliday which forced new keeper Jacob Giles to warm his hands with an athletic tip over.

The second half couldn't have been any worse and at least there was some real excitement and controversy, not that any of that looked likely when Tom Webb ended a good charging run down the left with a pull back to Aaron Wilson who scuffed his shot wide. An even better chance came minutes later, this time Wilson was the provider and his hanging cross into the goal mouth seemed perfect and inviting for Whittington but the loan striker some how couldn't make contact. City could have gone ahead when Alex Sykes sent in another good cross but this time Tom Webb was pushed out of the way by Iain Harvey, a shove that the ref missed.

Too often we're guilty of not scoring when we put together good periods of pressure, but this time finally we got the break through we deserved. Webb did well to battle back down the right and won the ball, pushing it forward to Jody Bevan who still had plenty to do with defenders around him. The forward was able to turn and from virtually the touch line some how managed to squeeze the ball between the near post, the defender and the keeper. The ball dribbled through and rolled over the goal line to disbelief from the Chippenham defence and sheer delight from Bevan and the City fans. The burly forward takes a lot of punishment in games and more than deserved his goal.

With memories of Saturday's debacle still fresh the City nerves were even worse now we were ahead - and could we defend the lead? The signs were encouraging when Lyndon Tomkins did really well to get in a near post header to deny sub Alan Griffin on the line. Things were to get worse yet for City though - with Webb red carded and City reduced to ten men. The ref had missed a whole string of niggling fouls from the visitors, as well as the trips and heavy challenges the Chippenham side were full of those nasty niggling little pushes, elbows and deliberate treading on toe tricks that never fail to seem to wind us up. Webb and Wilson had got the worst of it and it suddenly all came too much for Webby as Harvey swung an elbow in his face. The next loose ball saw Tom Webb fly in at the Chippenham player, a tackle born of righteous vengeance but still an ugly effort that fortunately largely missed Harvey who may not have deserved to be so lucky. The ref had little option to show the red card for the intent, but the Chippenham players childish pushing and shoving was little to be proud of and seemed calculated to ensure the referee felt little option but to send the player off.

The heat was really up now and City did well to keep their heads in the midst of some appalling behaviour from Harvey and Robertson in particular, but despite the bad challenges and the bombardment of long balls into the City box we did manage to keep on clearing our lines. The ref hardly helped with two bizarre yellow cards. Bevan was accused of stamping on Halliday despite having only chased the ball down and for the player to make one of those miracle recoveries as soon as the card came out, while Joe Tustain had only been on the pitch a minute when he was booked too - for something that only the ref could even begin to explain. It didn't make for a soothing last few minutes but when the final whistle came it did make for an even better feeling to have beaten the twelve men of Chippenham with our ten.


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T-Ender Match Snaps
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Team Selection:
The only change was in goal where City boss Tim Harris sprang a surprise with the loan signing of Jacob Giles from Newport County replacing the long-serving Matt Bath in the Gloucester goal. Harris is himself a former City keeper and apparently feels Matt should be dominating his penalty area more, and his failure to do so has led to him carrying the can for the Cup exit at Eastleigh.
TBBM Said:
"It's not about us winning, it's about that lot losing."
Tactics Board:
Aaron Wilson is going to be a big threat this season and Chippenham were forced to reshuffle their side down the right to try and contain him.
Anorak Corner:
Captain Chris Thompson had extra reason to celebrate this win, marking his 200th City appearance.
T-Ender Verdict
It's hard to over state how important this match was for the team. Having thrown away our Cup position on Saturday it would have been too simple to have lost this game and see our season start to unravel. Not only does this win show we can battle for a win and protect a lead, it also keeps the league campaign interesting. More than anything though - it was good to beat Chippenham who always seem to reserve their ugliest fouls and worst behaviour for us.
Highlights Elsewhere:

King's Lynn are starting to show the form that made them one of the pre-season favourites and tonight they mauled Hemel Hemsptead 5-1 on their own ground, Jack Defty getting a brace and former Manchester United youngster Alex Notman marking his return from retirement with a goal. Halesowen's impressive start to the season is starting to slip and they lost out in a 4-2 thriller to Rugby with Jason Taylor's hatrick sending the Butlin Road crowd home happy. Cirencester's stuttering form continues with a 0-0 home draw with Yate.

In the Cup replays City's next opponents Banbury United will be disappoiinted to lose at home 2-1 to Tonbridge Angels, while a top of the Southern League clash saw Merthyr Tydfil finally progress at the expense of Bath City, winning 3-2 in the Valleys.

Other Match Reports:

Further Reading:

BGB Southern League Premier Results & Website
BGB Southern League Table

Referee: J.Holbrook (Kidderminster) City League Pos: 11th (+5) City Form: WLDWDL

Ref Watch:

4 - Poor. Never got to grips with persistent fouling, lost control and the bookings of Bevan and Tustain were bizarre.

Attendance: 395    
Conditions: dry and overcast
Lorry Score:


Match Report:
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