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Saturday 3 February 2007
British Gas Business Southern League Premier
(match 26)
at Meadow Park, Gloucester
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New Tigers Badge: no-one knows why...

Gloucester City


King's Lynn

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HT (0-1)

City home kitLynn away
M.Frew (26), A.Fisk (72).
© N.Mustoe
M.Warren ©
F. Toms
(for 7, 75) A.Harris
J.Defty (for 10, 57)
(for 11, 64) A.Wilson
A.Notman (for 11, 83)
(for 9, HT) J.Tustain
G.Cooper (for 7, 88)
City: L.Tomkins (foul tackle 13)
Lynn: F.Toms (persistent fouling 19)
Dismissals: none

T-Ender City MotM: Lyndon Tomkins - his solid no nonsense presence at the back suggested he may be returning to form.

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This was a much improved City display but despite restricting the promotion chasing visitors to a handful of opportunities City still contrived to fall to a fourth successive home defeat. The game itself rarely fired into life but City can feel a little hard done by not to manage to take a point but perhaps paid the price for not managing to score in the early stages of the match after a bright start. City can take comfort from a much sharper and encouraging display but will be worried that even having played better the club's appalling home record continues to go on and the home fans are starting to lose faith and stay away.

Lynn were doubtless keen to avenge that memorable shock City win at The Walks back at the start of December, but from the opening stages it was City who were the more fired up. Mustoe looked hungrier than most and he smashed a volley just wide of the upright from the edge of the area in the opening minutes, while Jimmy Cox also nearly managed to nip on to a clever Jason Welsh knock down but veteran on-loan Lynn keeper Paul Crichton belied his age to scamper off the line and get to it just ahead of the forward.

City survived a big scare when a cross looped off Thommo's back and dropped just past the post, but it was a warning that despite not having the greater share of possession the visitors had enough quality to cause us problems. They took the lead after City's problems of lax defending came and got us again. A deep corner was headed towards goal, but whilst Johnston and Tomkins did well to get the first blocks in the danger was never cleared and when the ball was fired back in Michael Frew reacted first with a clever back heel flick that caught out Stonehouse at the far post to cross the goal line.

City seemed to believe that the game was already beyond them and for a large part of the first half we seemed thoroughly depressed, with plenty of passes going astray and a few bad tempered exchanges between our players with Webb and Welsh shouting at each other. We did get back into the match though and were unlucky not to have a penalty, first when Cox's shot hit an arm in the box and then a strong claim as Tomkins was held down as he tried to reach a Mustoe free kick. A further spark before the break came right near the end when Alex Sykes produced one of his fierce shots from distance, but City are down on their luck and the effort flicked off a defender's back to safety.

Tustain came on for Cox at half-time and whatever the doubts over his long-term future at this level Tustain doesn't lack for effort and this may have been his best time in a City shirt. His touch doesn't impress but he does make runs into the danger areas and he showed good strength to hold off a defender and win a crucial knock down for Tom Webb bursting from midfield. Webb sometimes seems a little shot shy but he showed what he can do with a fierce 30-yard volley lashed over the keeper who was well beaten, but sadly the shot crashed back off the bar and was then scrambled off for a corner as Welsh and Tustain closed in.

City were starting to run out of steam having played some neat passing football but lacking any real cutting edge in the final third. Instead it was the Turkey twizlers who made sure of the points as we were hit by a classic counter attack. Webb and Mustoe were caught high upfield and some quick passing set Dean West free down the wing. His low cross was touched past Tomkins to Andy Fisk and the youngster on loan from Norwich smashed a low drive past a helpless Johnston.

The scoreline flattered Lynn but with the game now seeming to be beyond us it was a while before a deflated City side managed to get going again. In fairness to the side though they did rally, and unlike the Bath City game where they were criticised for seeming to give up, this time they did manage a late rally to warm the remaining home fans. Joe Tustain could have found the net as he reached a good Aaron Wilson pass but having arrived in front of goal he was a little unlucky to see the Lynn keeper keep out his first shot and manage to smother the rebound too.


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T-Ender Match Snaps
Lyndon fouled vs Lynn Welsh in the box vs Lynn
Lyndon appeals for a penalty as Crane holds him down
Welsh tries to take advantage of some Linnets confusion
City in midfield vs Lynn
Tustain near a corner.
Wilko waits for the ball to arrive.
Tustain and Wilko go close as City attack a second half corner.

Team Selection:
New arrival goalkeeper Ray Johnston shrugged off a midweek training injury to make his debut but that good news was mitigated by the recall of full-back Danny Hodnett by Worcester City, recalled despite fans being told Hodnett wasn't on loan! That left Chris Thompson moving into central defence and Jason Welsh moving back to his preferred position and partnering Jimmy Cox in attack.
TBBM Said:

"Home to your Turkeys, your going home to your Turkeys"
The T-End sympathises with the bird flu scare ravaging Bernard Matthews' turkey farm and destroying the local culture.

Tactics Board:
City's squad is looking thin at the moment and however cruel it may be the heart doesn't lift with the prospect of Joe Tustain coming off the bench. In fairness to Tim Harris it seems the half-time substitution was forced by Jimmy Cox coming down with a tummy affliction, but his absence caused a few scratched heads amongst City fans who worry about his thirst for the fight.
Anorak Corner:
Hang our heads in shame. We've now clocked up a ten match losing sequence at home in all competitions, our worst ever run at Meadow Park beating the previous eight game record set between February and April 1993.
T-Ender Verdict

When things have been as bad as the last few weeks for City you start to take comfort from the slightest changes. This was a dull game that we did little to suggest we could win, we failed to dominate at home and there was little to entertain a disappointingly sparse crowd. However, even that's an improvement. The defence was not over run, and we were perhaps a little unlucky to actually lose. Whilst chances were few and far between they did arrive. The team rarely showed much flair but never gave up. The bottoming out of a dip in form as bad as this would not look pretty, but there may just be a few signs of recovery and against a weaker side than King's Lynn this may have bee enough to get a result.

Highlights Elsewhere:


Other Match Reports:

Gloucester Citizen match report

Further Reading:

BGB Southern League Premier Results & Website
BGB Southern League Table

Referee: M.Amphlett (Kidderminster) City League Pos: 15th (=) City Form: LLWLLLL

Ref Watch:

6 - hard to criticise, steady game.

Attendance: 284    
Conditions: clear bright sunshine
Lorry Score:


Match Report:
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