Tigers Pick Up Vital 3 Points

Gloucester City claimed a stunning 2-0 away victory to Solihull Moors, with goals through Billy Jones from the penalty spot and Femi Orenuga.

Solihull started well and it took a stunning last ditch tackle from City defender Matt Williams to deny a certain goal for the in-form Omar Bogle.

Debutant Nick Wright had a great chance to bag a goal in his first match minutes later. Wright turned well in the area and fired a shot away, but it was deflected into the side netting.

Omar Bogle again found himself in the thick of it for Moors with time to turn in the box but his shot from 6 yards was again well blocked by Williams.

City then had an excellent chance to take the lead in the 24th minute. Some lovely passing play resulted in an effort from Adam Connolly from 20 yards but his volley was never troubling Tony Breeden.

The Tigers then had an opportunity from the edge of the box after Webb was felled by Reece Fleet, but Billy Jones’ free kick was poor and easily cleared by Moors.

City took the lead in the 28th minute from the penalty spot. Orenuga, who was a livewire throughout the half, beat his man with ease but was tripped and the referee duly awarded a penalty.

Billy Jones stepped up comfortably to slot home the penalty, despite Breeden nearly getting a fingertip to it.

City should have had another penalty five minutes later after a clear handball from the Moors centre half Reece Fleet, but somehow referee Wayne Porter missed it.

Solihull had a great chance to level a few minutes before half time with a free kick from Omar Bogle, but City ‘keeper Paul White pulled off a stunning save to keep out the dipping effort.

Gloucester doubled their advantage in the 54th minute after some superb build up play. James Bowen flicked it over the defence to Wright who beat his man and squared to Femi Orenuga for an easy tap in.

Junior English had a huge chance to pull one back for Moors soon after as he found himself in space 15 yards out but he blazed his shot well over.

Sabr Kabba had an opportunity to put the Tigers 3-0 up but it took a superb sliding tackle from Michael Nottingham to deny the striker, who would have been 1 on 1 with Breeden.

City had another glorious chance to go 3 up moments later. James Bowen did superbly well on the right hand side but nobody was able to latch onto his teasing low cross.

The Tigers thought they’d scored in the 83rd minute from a Matt Williams header but Tony Breeden somehow held onto it on the goal line.

Solihull should have had one back in the 85th minute but City somehow survived the mother of all goalmouth scrambles to keep their clean sheet intact.

Solihull Moors: T. Breedon, M. Nottingham, J. Gough, R. Fleet, L. Daly, D. Langdon (JM. Gueyes 71’), J. English, S. Moore (D. Byfield 58’), O. Bogle, R. Beswick, D. Knights (K. Nesbitt 58’)

Subs: J. Ballinger, L. Hayden

Gloucester City: P. White, Green, Jones, M. Williams, Avery, Connolly, Bowen, Webb, Wright (H. White 67’), Kabba (H. Williams 70’), Orenuga (Knowles 79’)

Subs: Modest, Staley

Attendance: 536

Star Man: Femi Orenuga