Vanarama Conference North
Gloucester City 0-1 Gainsborough Trinity
Gloucester City’s bid for Vanarama North survival was dealt a hammer blow as Gainsborough Trinity stole all three points.
Tom Davie’s messy goal after a stunning Paul White save could only sum up the luck that has left the Tigers four points from safety.
City’s clamour for an equaliser wasn’t aided by Nathan Modest’s dismissal for a professional foul only two minutes after coming on.
In the first half, Ciaran Toner had struck the woodwork, but it was the Tigers, and Joe Parker, who were the menaces in front of goal.
Danish goalkeeper Jan Budtz kept City out again and again as Tim Harris’ rolled the dice with four recognised strikers on, but the equaliser never came.
Gainsborough huddled in the middle after the whistle to celebrate an important victory for them, but the City players trudged off, knowing a turnaround is needed very, very soon.
The Tigers started bombarding their Lincolnshire visitors from the off, only a brilliant stop by veteran Budtz denied Parker as Lewis Hall played him in one on one.
The pendulum swung Gainsborough’s way with two gilt-edged chances, firstly Ciaran Toner excellently volleyed past White, with the ball rebounding off the woodwork into the path of Paul Beesley who headed over with the goal gaping.
Beesley proved a nuisance again, finding space behind the Tigers defence, but blasted wide with Hull City loanee Jonathan Margetts waiting in the centre.
Budtz was outstanding blocking another attempt from Parker which was struck with real venom, he then made himself big to stop Harry White from point blank range and smothered the ball.
The final effort for a frenetic half fell to livewire Parker, yet again, but Chris Salt was there to deflect wide as the ball looked certain to sneak into the bottom corner.
The second half began in a similar vein, Hall shooting, Budtz saving, then somehow Salt cleared Parker’s hooked effort off the line.
But all that City pressure didn’t pay off, Beesley headed at White who excellently stopped, but Davie was there to tuck home on the line for a priceless goal.
Jack Harris almost bounced the ball into the top corner but Budtz caught well, before Parker and Webb couldn’t connect on two balls fizzed into the area.
Tim Harris rolled the dice, bringing on teenager Jack James for his first ever appearance, with City’s youthful front line causing issues for Trinity.
From a spectacular cross, Mike Green came inches from scoring his first goal for the club, however Budtz tipped the looping ball over.
The equaliser slipped from City’s fingers with Modest’s red card, a harsh decision after a strong tackle on goalscorer Davie.
Ten man City were camped in the Gainsborough half, but only a tame Hall effort was conjured in a lacklustre ending.
The result leaves City four points from safety, albeit two games in hand on many club’s above them, however more performances like this and relegation will loom ever and ever nearer.
Gloucester City: P. White, M. Green (N. Modest 82), B. Jones, J. Harris, S. Avery, A. Connolly, L. Hall , T. Webb, C. Griffin (J. James 66), J. Parker, H. White
Subs not used: C. Knowles, M. Richards, H. Rivers
Gainsborough Trinity: J. Budtz, D. Roma, T. Davie, M. Dixon, A. Quinn, C. Salt, D. Forrest, C. Toner (S. Russell 72), J. Margetts, P. Beesley (C. Binns 82), L. Davis (D. Clayton 66)
Subs not used: J. Lacey, D. Stamp
Goals: Davie 53
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