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Saturday 14 October 2006
British Gas Business Southern League Premier
(match 11)
at Meadow Park, Gloucester
BGB Southern League logo

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

Gloucester City


Team Bath

Team Bath - old face.

HT (1-1)

M.Whittington (28), M.Fowler (56)
City home kitTeam Bath kit
M.Taylor (36), J.Arnold (86)
C.Thompson ©
N.Saunders ©
(for 2, 34) J.Reid
J.Arnold (for 6, HT)
(for 10, 83) J.Tustain
R.Jerwood (for 2, 76)
S. El-Abd (for 3, 90)
R. de Villiers
City: A.Sykes (scrapping 68)
Team Bath: S.Abbott (foul 40), M.Canham (scrapping 68)
Dismissals: none

T-Ender City MotM: Tom Hamblin - increasingly solid at the heart of the defence, making several impressive interceptions and blocks.

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City will be regretting missed chances after some how allowing Team Bath to steal a point from a match that the Tigers dominated for long periods. Another smart finish from Whittington and a first City goal for Mike Fowler twice put us ahead, but each time City were pegged back by the Team Bath who capitalised on a marked reluctance by the home players to get really tight on the students in midfield. Despite some moments that suggested City were beginning to find some attacking form this is a result that shows we still haven't quite learned the art of closing matches down to make sure of a result.

City could have taken the lead in the opening few minutes as Alex Sykes went close with an incredible effort from inside the centre circle. The England Futsal international certainly still has an impressive touch and he spotted the Team Bath keeper venturing out of his goalmouth, and the lob was inch perfect and Darren Chitty in the student's goal did exceptionally well to back pedal and manage to tip the ball over. City were in control and Wilson's cross was stopped by the keeper at the feet of Fowler, with Mustoe also seeing a rasping shot tipped over the bar by the busy Chitty.

City kept the pressure up when Webb's defensive clearance fell to Wilson who ran nearly the length of the pitch before his shot skidded into the post with the keeper stranded, and Chitty must have felt even his colleagues were out to get him when he was forced to again tip the ball over the bar, this time from a misplaced header from one of his defenders. However it was no surprise at all when City scored - a long Fowler free kick was well won in the air by Bevan and Michael Whittington reacted first to the knock down to crisply hammer his shot high past the keeper.

City looked comfortable enough and even when Team Bath got forward they were finding Tomkins and Hamblin awkward. However things were to get tricky for City as skipper Chris Thompson limped off and minutes later Team Bath leveled. It was a simple goal as City didn't get close to a corner, with City keeper Jacob Giles looking a little sluggish as the cross came over. The player who met the ball first was Team Bath centre-back Matt Taylor who planted a firm downward header into the net.

City were even more dominant in the second half as we seemed to take control of the midfield. Wilson was again causing Team Bath problems and City should have regained the lead as Sykes swung in a free kick following another foul on the winger. Hamblin won the header at the near post and the ball fell to Fowler, but he couldn't quite get his toe to the ball ahead of the scrabbling keeper. If Fowler's touch had let him down there, he didn't have to wait long to more than make amends. Chitty gave away possession with a careless sliced kick and as Wilson was tripped, Mike Fowler picked up the loose ball. The ref allowed play to go on and the Welsh wizard showed some nimble footwork to pick his way through three defenders, switch feet and slot the ball beneath the despairing keeper. It was a great goal to open his City account and showed signs of the skills City fans had been hoping for on his signing in the summer.

It looked as if City had the game sewn up, with Whittington showing plenty of flashes of danger as City broke from midfield. Hamblin also went close to scoring with a header that just grazed the bar, but with the clock ticking down it looked as if the points were in the bag. Whittington went off to a good ovation in what looked sadly like a fond farewell - but perhaps he'd been taken off just a few minutes too soon. City had shown signs of beginning to stand off the Team Bath players and suddenly paid the price as a speculative shot from sub Jake Arnold caught a huge deflection off a City defender and looped over Giles stranded in the City goal.

With just a few minutes left City looked as if we'd been mugged, and with Whittington off one of our main threats had gone. It was a desperate late push for a deserved winner but we didn't look like we could break through the massed student ranks easily and when the last chance came it fell to the wrong person. Sykes and Mustoe moved the ball well and Mustoe spotted Wilson unmarked at the far post. The cross was inch perfect but for all his ability Wilson might not be the player you'd choose for a crucial header, and unfortunately he got under the ball and his effort looped over the bar.


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T-Ender Match Snaps
Whittington holds up play.
Bevan goes up for a long ball.
Whittington holds off the attentions of the student defence
Jody gets a flying visit from the students' Kes Metitiri
Tomkins reaches a corner Hamblin holds the line.
Lyndon feels the full force of the opposition as he attacks a corner. No Pasaren. Tom Hamblin gets another firm header away.

Team Selection:
There was little surprise as Tim Harris stuck with the same line-up that held on to win at Banbury the previous week.
TBBM Said:
"More drums than Team Bath fans."
Tactics Board:
Aaron Wilson is proving a real problem for SLP defences this season and is now being swopped from flank to flank to identify an opposition weak spot. Today he started out on the left but it was when he was switched across to the right that Team Bath started to be pushed back. With Whitt going the City boss might be tempted to opt for Wilson's pace up front to make sure opposition defences continue to have a speed merchant to worry about.
Anorak Corner:
Sadly it seems this match was Whitt's last at City, at least in this loan spell. His strike today takes his total for us to 10 goals in his two visits to Meadow Park from Ch#*enham Town. The last loan player to enjoy such fleeting success with the club was Marcus Browning, loaned from Bristol Rovers in two sessions in 1989-90 and 1990-91 and also scoring 10 goals in 12 matches. Whitt looks to have the same promise and hopefully will go on to enjoy a succesful career like Browning - who has now made more than 450 league appearances for Rovers, Huddersfield and now Bournemouth, as well as 5 Welsh caps.
T-Ender Verdict
When people talk about luck evening itself out they don't always mean over the space of two games, but if we were fortunate to get a win at Banbury we were unlucky to see ourselves denied victory here. For all the misfortune a genuine promotion side would take all the points from this type of match at home against a side that didn't look that special.
Highlights Elsewhere:

With many clubs still competing in the FA Cup there were few league matches today, but Bath City's home problems continued with Darren Edwards equalising for Yate in a 1-1 draw at Twerton Park. Chippenham's poor run ended with a 1-0 win at Tiverton while Wealdstone pulled out of the bottom four with a 4-2 win at Corby.

Slimbridge's incredible FA Cup run ended in a 2-0 defeat at Merthyr, while SLP leaders King's Lynn also marched into the last FA Cup qualifying round with a 2-1 win at Halesowen. That result will mean City's planned visit to King's Lynn on 28 October will now be postponed. Maidenhead United also progressed, overcoming one of the clubs that litter our own unhappy recent Cup history to beat Worthing 3-1.

Other Match Reports:

Gloucester Citizen match report

Further Reading:

BGB Southern League Premier Results & Website
BGB Southern League Table


M.Halford (Bradley Stoke, Bristol)

City League Pos: 5th (+1) City Form: DWWLDW

Ref Watch:

6 - Did fairly well but lost his way with some strange decisions as the game closed.

Attendance: 400    
Conditions: dry with some hazy sunshine
Lorry Score:


Match Report:
by t-towel

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