Bromsgrove v Gloucester City

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Tuesday 29 September 1998: Victoria Park

Bromsgrove Rovers v. CITY

Dr Martens League Premier Division


City's Team

City traveled up the M5 determined to make their game in hand count against manager less Bromsgrove. Tommy Callinan completed his registration in time to make his bow for a second spell in the City midfield, Dave Webb making way and dropping to the bench.

As has so often been the case this season City started the game in stirring fashion with Hemmings and Tucker instrumental in scaring the life out of the Rovers defence. City had an early opportunity with Keeling racing clear only to see his shot smothered, Mings then thwarted with the rebound by desperate block tackles from the Greens. Further opportunities fell to City with Mings unfortunate to just miss out on a Keeling cross after Darren had done well to trick Bromsgrove on the right byline.

The match had plenty of crunching tackles, although Kemp will feel hard done by when he was booked for an early challenge as Bromsgrove cleared a City corner. However most of the play was still with the Tigers, Kemp heading just over from a Hemmings corner and Keeling rasping a shot just over having opted for power instead of placement after Mings had sent him through. City still enjoyed the majority of the play but Bromsgrove now managed to limit the danger, two men keeping watchful eye on Hemmings. City's frustration showed as Holloway entered the book for a high challenge.

The second half was a much less exhilarating affair with both sides largely canceling each other out in a turgid midfield scrap. Callinan departed for Webb having had a steady return to City colours, but the more attacking line-up at first seemed to merely allow Rovers more space. The home team had several opportunities through Payne, but Mokler was once again equal to their efforts, although he did almost loose one high ball following a collision with Kemp. Mings was again involved in several physical clashes with Bromsgrove players seeming to want to make the most of his reputation, fortunately the referee was rarely fooled.

The game seemed to be petering out into a stalemate with both teams reduced to long balls to the wings to try and prise an opening. In the last minute one such ball over the top sent Keeling rushing goalward only to be brought tumbling down just outside the area. City sent all their tall players forward for a last effort, and the gamble paid off. Burns chipped a high ball to the middle of the six yard box which was only palmed away by the otherwise excellent Gabbidon in the Rovers goal. The loose ball looped up invitingly for Captain Kemp to nod in from close range with nearly the last touch of the game.


Mokler W1-0
Holloway Half-time
G.Thorne 0-0
Tucker Att.
Kemp (c) 634
Fergusson City Scorer
Callinan Kemp
Burns Bookings
Keeling Kemp, Holloway
Mings Position
Hemmings 4th

Webb (for Callinan, 72) Report
Hoskins (for Mings, 85) T.Towel

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