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Monday 5th April 1999: Meadow Park

CITY vs. Worcester City

Dr Martens League Premier Division


City's Team

Football at its best is a game which transcends sport to become something approaching art, a thing of beauty which expresses spirit and passion in a way that makes all of us a little more than we were. What a pity that given this chance to bring happiness to so many that City repeatedly choose to crap on the canvass instead of painting masterpieces.

The first half performance was hugely disjointed for Gloucester. The defence looked like they'd been introduced to each other at kick-off, a situation Bowen was able to exploit when he crashed the ball into the net from six yards with the City defence all left marking the other forward. The gap between midfield and the forwards was such you wondered if they'd had an argument and were no longer talking. The forwards weren't helping themselves much either, with the odd choice of Fergie and Rutter up front Gloucester were static and lacking pace.

A thoroughly depressing and forgettable first half was slightly improved on in the second half. City discovered both wingers and at last crosses came over, although frustratingly City couldn't capitalise on the situation. Too often Hemmo whipped over excellent crosses, but hadn't looked up to see where his forwards were - so crosses fell to the back post when our players were at the near post, and vice versa. City perked up with the arrival of Mings and Mainwaring adding some much needed weight and movement.

Not for the first time this season City found themselves unable to create many clear chances despite having much of the pressure. The best chance fell to Niblett after a Wyatt corner, but his well hit shot was at a good height for the keeper who could beat it out. Mings was unlucky having burst through the defence, but the ball bobbled away from him and fell harmlessly wide. Curious refereeing helped nullify the threat from Hemmo. Once again Gloucester got hit by a sucker punch as Bowen was left in acres of space, and he added his second in the last minute.

So city limped off the pitch having collected a host of injuries, with both of the Thorne brothers joining Jon Holloway in the post-match treatment room. Of more long-term concern must be the general despondency and malaise that is threatening to smother everything at the club. The players don't look like they're enjoying themselves, and the fans are staying away in droves - upset either by the lack of excitement on the pitch or perhaps the drivel currently in vogue on the terraces. Hopefully its just end of season blues, but I'm off to fill out another dozen lottery tickets...

Mountain L0-2
Holloway Half-time
W.Thorne 0-1
G.Thorne Att.
Kemp (c) 6??
Niblett City Scorers
Wyatt -
Burns Bookings
Rutter Position
Hemmings 3rd

Mainwaring (for Rutter,66) WDLLDL
Mings (for W.Thorne,57) Report
Webb T.Towel

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