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Apr 14

Droylsden 1 – 2 Gloucester City

Gloucester City boss Dave Mehew celebrated 200 games in charge with an important victory away at Droylsden.

Despite injury worries and an untried keeper the Tigers eased to a 2-1 victory, taking them closer to safety in the Blue Square Bet North.

Chris Humphries, more used to playing in the Toolstation Western Premier League, was handed a three division jump up the leagues in place of Lewis Carey after the young keeper was recalled by parent club Bristol City. Also missing for the Tigers were Matt Coupe and Adam Mann due to suspension and illness respectively.

The Tigers had an early appeal for a penalty turned down by referee Sarah Garratt, Will Morford being downed by a shove in the back as he ran into the box.

City took an early lead through Darren Edwards, calmly taking the ball through the defence, with a dummied shot at Morford Edwards followed the ball and strolled into the box to slot the ball past St Louis-Hamilton.

He could have made it two moments later, with a powerful header from a Mike Green cross flying over the bar.

Dave Bird had a shot tipped over the bar on 13 minutes and saw another effort fly inches over on 21 with St Louis-Hamilton beaten.

Droylsden struggled to get forward, Darren Sheridan seeing his run blocked by the formidable Matt Rose.

Morford picked up a thigh injury, forcing an early substitution with Matt Lock taking his place and Theo Lewis moving from the wing to upfront.

Lock was brought down on the edge of the box on 35 minutes with the resulting free kick from Jack Harris flying over the bar.

City were a constant threat in the last ten minutes of the half, with Lewis, Lock and Edwards testing the increasingly shaky Bloods’ keeper.

After the break the Tigers stayed strong, on 48 minutes Tom Webb lumped the ball forward to Lewis, who ran it into the box before being blocked by Nate Kear.

Dan Gardner tested Humphries moments later, collecting the goal kick and surging forward only to lose his composure and shoot over the bar.

City extended their lead on 61 minutes, Darren Mullings playing the ball into box to Edwards whose neat flick on found Lewis in space. He slotted the ball under the keeper to make it 2-0.

Humphries saved a shot from Dale Johnson a minute later, looking calm under pressure.

Tempers flared 20 minutes into the half when Patrick Lacey brought down Darren Mulling and a scuffle ensued. Referee Garratt eventually calmed the situation down, booking Lacey, Kear and Webb in the process.

Edwards and Lock hit the side netting minutes apart as City looked for another goal.

But Johnson nicked a goal back on 72 minutes, against the run of play with a cross cum shot which sneaked in at the far post.

City’s defence stayed strong under pressure with Matt Rose and Mike Green blocking efforts from Johnson and Gardner.

With minutes to play Lewis beat three men to run through into the box, his cross found Lock, unmarked in acres of space but the City midfielder lost his footing and the moment was gone in an instant.

Both Tom Hamblin and Mike Green made clearances off the line in the dying minutes of the game to ensure their manager’s milestone moment was one to remember.

Droylsden: D St Louis-Hamilton, C Brown, S Holden, N Kear, A Longford, D Sheridan, P Lacey, S Hall, D Johnson, D Gardner, C Logan. Subs: J McKenzie, W Peyton, A Nsangou, S Owens, P Phillips

Gloucester City: C Humphries, M Green, J Harris, M Rose, T Hamblin, T Webb, D Mullings, T Lewis, D Edwards, W Morford (M Lock 35) D Bird. Subs: N Mustoe, S Rawlings, S Wilson, G Lloyd

Ref: S Garratt (Halesowen)

Star man: Darren Edwards

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