Odd Down v City

Home News Fixtures Team News City Open Forum Stat Attack Club Info Visitor's Information Terrace Trash Supporters Club Archive Links email.

We welcome all contributions to the T-Ender. Send by e-mail to the address above. 

The views expressed on these pages are not those of Gloucester City A.F.C., it's directors, or of any other company mentioned. Neither do they represent the official views of the Gloucester City Supporters Club or its committee.
While we make every effort to ensure information placed here is accurate we do not accept responsibility for errors that may occour. If you do find a mistake please let us know.

All pictures unless otherwise stated are the site's own.


Saturday 2nd September 2000: Coombe Hay Lane

  Odd Down vs. CITY  

FA Cup Preliminary Round

City's Team

City went into new territory in this match, facing their first ever game against Odd Down of the Screwfix Western League. The Bath based outfit's ground was far from glamorous, but while the facilities and cover may have been sparse the pitch at least was far better than both Blakenall's and Warwick's. Cally made just one change from Monday, with Johnstone returning at right-back and Hines retaining his place in goal. 

City started sharply and immediately Odd Down seemed surprised by the speed with which our players got forward. Almost immediately Cairns was tripped down the left and City grabbed an early lead from the free kick. Chenoweth pushed the ball short to Tucker and as Odd Down marked Rawlins and Bayliss they left a gaping hole for Tucks to place his shot low past the keeper from just outside the box. 

With City having scored so early and the opposition looking ragged it seemed a rout would be on the cards. City were pushing up with both the wing-backs far more advanced than normal. City should have stretched their lead on several occasions. Bayliss tried his luck from distance, and shortly afterwards Rawlins caught a defender napping on a Thorne through ball but saw his snap shot well saved. 

City missed a further good opportunity when Cairns nipped the ball away from the keeper after he had fumbled a long shot. Kwesi pushed the ball back to Chenoweth, but with the keeper stranded Chenners couldn't dig the ball out from under his feet and Odd Down muddled it away. Tucks also had a chance to grab another, but his half volley afer a Rawlins shot rebounded was always rising and cleared the bar by inches.

Odd Down showed themselves more than willing to put the foot in when necessary and both Johnstone and Cairns took hefty knocks. After around half an hour the Somerset outfit began to come back into the game as City responded in kind with several aggressive challenges of their own. City were also getting sucked too far up the pitch, and Dicks was left with little option but to bring down an onrushing attacker and receive a booking when left high and dry alone at the back. Although Wayne Thorne followed Dicks into the book for a mistimed lunge before half-time, City looked far more comfortable than 1-0 suggested. Odd Down limited to only one real opening through the half.

The second period saw City seem to make a much more determined effort to use the space the full-backs were enjoying out wide. Slick passing from Thorne, Chennas and especially Tucks was enough to give Odd Down plenty to think about. The stress was such that one Odd Down centre back almost caught his keeper out with a stinging back pass come shot that whistled narrowly past the far post from twenty yards. 

Most of the pressure on the home sides goal was from more orthodox sources, with Rawlins guilty of missing a soft header after good work down the right by Johnstone and Chenoweth. Thorne also had a good run through the centre, but eventually went too far to the frustration of Bayliss. Cairns, Johnstone and Chenoweth all saw fierce shots go high or wide. However the all important second goal eventually arrived when Dicks sent Cairns away down the left where he sent over a swift deep ball beyond the keeper. The ball dropped over the onrushing Tucker but was met at the back post by Johnstone who headed in his first senior City goal.

With the game now in a comfortable position Cally took advantage with a few substitutions. Marshall came on to make his City debut, while Abbott also got a rare run-out in his original midfield position. Cox also came on, and again his pace caused Odd Down added problems with several good crosses almost producing further goals. Odd Down had a strong penalty appeal dismissed after the ball struck Hunt's hand, but by and large the play was in Odd Down's own half. In the closing minutes Bayliss came closest to adding another, his header under the keeper's challenge just clearing the bar.

Ultimately this was a comfortable run-out for City, and whilst never particularly inspiring the result is all important, being Cup football. Cally can also take comfort from City's first clean sheet under his management and our first since the 18th January. There were also some encouraging performances, with both Kwesi and Kacey showing how good they are attacking down the flanks, and Tucks showing more progress on his return from injury. 

Hines W2-0
Johnstone Half-time
Dicks 1-0
Hunt Att.
Moore 108
Thorne (c)  City Scorers
Tucker Tucker(2), Johnstone(72)
Chenoweth Bookings
Rawlins Dicks
Bayliss Position
Cairns n/a

Cox (for Rawlins, 73)  DWDDW
Abbott (for Chenoweth, 79) Report
Marshall (for Johnstone, 75) T.Towel
16. Meadows
17. Gannaway

Match Reports
City Index