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Monday 28 August 2006
British Gas Business Southern League Premier
(match 3)
at Meadow Park, Gloucester
BGB Southern League logo

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

Gloucester City


Halesowen Town

Yeltz spire

HT (0-1)

L.Tomkins (86)
City home kitYeltz away strip
M.Lewis (44,55), A.Cowley (49)
C.Thompson ©
N.Preston ©
N.Amos (for 10, 71)
(for 10, 58) J.Tustain
S.Dowdall (for 8, 71)
(for 7, 68) N.Mustoe
N.Smith (for 11, 80)
(for 2, 58) J.Bevan
City: none
Halesowen: A.Cowley (dangerous tackle 19), G.Beckett (time wasting 89)
Dismissals: none

T-Ender City MotM: Tom Webb - after a tricky start did a solid job on the dangerous Forsdick in an unfamiliar wide right role.

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Any optimists amongst the City faithful must have found this match to have all of the bracing realism of a cold shower as the Tigers were undone by an impressive Halesowen team that attacked with zest and speed to expose all of our defensive frailties to pace and width. After an entertaining and open first half the Brummies hit hard with three excellent goals around the interval, with a late City revival leading to a consolation goal that was always going to be too little and too late to alter the result.

It didn't always look as if the scoreline would be so emphatic as City started brightly enough, although even from the opening few minutes you could see the Yeltz would be lively and dangerous in attack. Simon Forsdick caught the eye with a couple of twinkling runs that saw him trick his way past our defenders all too easily, and only some wayward finishing prevented us going behind. Matt Bath also did well to get a fingertip to a flying header and edge the ball over the bar, a save so good the ref couldn't believe it and awarded a goal kick.

We had chances of our own as well, and for all that Halesowen looked smart in attack they looked unsure in defence with the keeper hesitant to come out for anything near him. Reid went close as a corner broke to him and his drive was deflected to balloon up and almost over the keeper under pressure from Jason Welsh. Alex Sykes also made the keeper stretch with a fantastic dipping and swerving effort from distance, but the real pressure was in our own penalty area. City survived a scare when Cowley turned Miller and his cross was finally cleared after Lyndon Tomkins first attempt ricocheted straight off an attackers legs. The goal was coming and just before the break our defence simply evaporated as Cowley's slide rule pass cut us in half and left Matt Lewis to slip the ball past Bath with a cool finish.

The second half didn't get a whole lot better and within minutes of the re-start City were further behind. Again the attack came down the left through Cowley who left Miller trailing in his wake, jinked past Thompson leaving him on the floor and then smashed a low drive inside the near post. It looked simple and the goal really deflated City players and fans, and with our heads down it was only a short time before the match was out of our reach and a rout looked possible. This goal was more route one as Paul Szewczyk won a header and his flick neatly fell to Matt Lewis who strode into the box to slot his second past the keeper.

One of the few positives City can take from this match was that at least we did show a bit of pride and came back at the visitors, and the introduction of Jody Bevan for the disappointing Luke Corbett did seem to add some movement to the forward line. City could have pulled one back as Lyndon got his head to a Webb corner, but Fowler missed from close range having brought the ball down well on his chest in the six yard box. Bevan also produced a good effort that whistled over the bar, squeezing between defenders to fire in from the left side of the penalty area after good work from fellow subs Mustoe and Tustain.

Whilst Halesowen had taken the foot off the pedal we still rode our luck a little at the back with Lewis turning Jamie Reid and putting in a good shot that was only cleared on the line thanks to a diving header from Tomkins. It was the big defender who salvaged a little pride for City in the closing minutes, getting the vital touch at the other end for a late goal. City had piled on pressure with a string of corners that caused the Brummies problems, and when Webb put the ball back across goal Lyndon was still on hand to prod it in with a shin from close range.


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T-Ender Match Snaps
Tustain in City action
Bevan off the bench
Sub Joey Tustain gets a bit of a lift from the Yeltz defence
Bevan comes off the bench to rough up the Halesowen back line
City attack from a late corner
City manage some late pressure with a string of corners that eventually sees Lyndon able to take advantage.

Team Selection:
After Saturday's 3-0 stroll past Cheshunt Tim Harris was able to name an unchanged side for the first time this season.
TBBM Said:
"We'd be quite good if we could keep up with that lot."
Tactics Board:
Our left flank is still a problem without a recognised left-back. Miller filled the problem slot today with Webb covering the right side, but whilst Cheshunt were too poor to cause us problems Alex Cowley took full advantage of Miller's discomfort. Tim Harris' options aren't obvious with both Sykes and Adie Harris likely to struggle defensively.
Anorak Corner:
This was the heaviest defeat of Tim Harris' short City managerial reign and the first time his Tigers' team have let in three goals under his stewardship.
T-Ender Verdict
It would be all too easy to hit the panic button after this defeat, especially as the Yeltz showed up our weakness down the left and our lack of pace in defence. We must be realistic though. This side is stronger than the one that started last year's campaign, but there are still half a dozen or so sides in the division that are simply better than us - we met one this afternoon.
Highlights Elsewhere:

This might be the day that some sense of order began to assert itself in the SLP with many of the pre-season favourites getting back on track. A Jack Defty brace helped King's Lynn to a 3-1 win over Stamford, while Bath City won away at their own ground as they came back to beat Team Bath 2-1. Tiverton also produced a thumping 3-0 win over Yate with two goals from Gary Holloway. Banbury's strong start came to an end with Hitchin grabbing a last minute winner from Darren French sealing a 3-2 win.

Chippenham and Cirencester are both still without a win so far this season and they shared a goalless draw at Hardenhuish.

Other Match Reports:

Halesowen Town website match report
Gloucester Citizen match report

Further Reading:

BGB Southern League Premier Results & Website
BGB Southern League Table


D.Gratton (Solihull)

City League Pos: 10th (-6) City Form: LWLW-LW

Ref Watch:

7 - Missed a couple of handballs but not overly fussy or card happy

Attendance: 488    
Conditions: dry with occasional sunny spells
Lorry Score:


Match Report:
by t-towel

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