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Tuesday 25 August 1998: Meadow Park

CITY v. Dorchester Town

Dr Martens League Premier Division


City's Team

City made old boy Simon Cooper choke on his parting prediction that Gloucester would finish this season in a mediocre mid-table position. Coops' game started poorly with a rash heavy tackle on Will Steadman in the opening exchanges - and fell away to insignificance.

The game began with early Gloucester pressure earning a corner. Wyatt's cross was fumbled by former Ch@~tenham keeper Maloy under a challenge by Mainwaring. The Dorchester defence then made the fatal mistake of leaving Burns with time to both collect the ball and then turn before slamming in the opener from 6 yards.

City kept up remorseless pressure on the beleaguered Magpies, but weren't able to turn their superiority into goals as the final pass all too often went astray. However with Dorchester offering little up front it was only a matter of time before the City attack clicked. Good midfield work between Steadman and Mings sent Holloway galloping free down the right wing. His deep cross was met by Hemmings at full pace with a sensational diving header. With a two goal lead City weren't even too alarmed by the early departure of Gary Kemp with a slight hamstring strain, especially when a replacement of Gary Thorne's quality is on the bench.

City began the second half in the same vein with Wyatt joining Hemmings by marking his home debut with a goal. A long Gary Thorne throw was missed by Mainwaring but was met at the far post by Wyatt with a sweet half volley into the far corner. Malloy seemed intent on giving City extra chances they scarcely needed with a pitiful performance in the Dorset team's goal.

However Dorchester earnt some respect with a classic breakaway goal from McPherson that exposed a lack of pace in the City defence. The goal seemed to briefly shake the Gloucester side's self-belief and for a few minutes the three points seemed to be in doubt. However City had the composure to play it simple until the away sides refuelled enthusiasm burnt out.

The seal on a convincing Gloucester victory was placed when Adie Mings bustled onto a loose ball after Mainwaring was unable to control a long ball from the back. Mings burst through a punctured Dorchester defence and lofted the ball over a reluctantly advancing keeper to make it four for the night.

With City crushing one of the pre-season favourites this convincingly without ever looking as though they had hit top form the omens are looking good this season. If they can score 4 while rarely stringing passes together God help the DML defences when it all comes together...

Mokler W4-1
Holloway Half-time
Steadman 2-0
Wyatt Att.
Kemp (c) 606
Fergusson City Scorers
Webb Burns (5),
Hemmings (44),
Wyatt (51),
Mings (73)
Burns Bookings
Mainwaring 0
Mings Position
Hemmings 3rd

Tucker (for Webb,88) DW
Rutter (for Mainwaring,82) Report
G.Thorne (for Kemp,45) T.Towel

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