Moore the difference as Tigers win at home

Ethan Moore was the man in the right place at the right time as he tapped home with a little over 10 minutes left to hand Gloucester City three points over Chippenham Town. 

Moore, a second half substitute for Harry Williams, seized his chance to break his home goal scoring duck by pouncing in the six yard area after Jared Thompson had spilled Joe Parker’s strike.

The game itself was a slow-paced encounter and, in the first half, neither side mustered much of a test to the either team’s goal.

The movement off the ball by Rhys Kavanagh, however, was electric and causing the Chippenham back line all sorts of trouble as the on loan Bristol Rovers man looked to frequently get behind the defence.

His partner in crime up front, Harry Williams, was dropping deeper for the ball and snatching at chances when they did fall to him outside the box, however these were few and far between.

The 192 in attendance certainly weren’t treated to a classic in the first half, but the second half was much better from both sides with the Tigers really pressing their visitors, with Kavanagh especially a real handful as he drove forward half the length of the pitch before lashing one wide of the far post.

The passing and movement from Gloucester was excellent in spells, but reluctance to shoot looked like it would be their downfall, as Tom Webb and Chris Knowles both saw the ball drop to them in space on the edge of the box.

Webb opted to shoot after Lewis Hall teed him up but dragged it well wide, whereas Knowles waived his chance to fire one at goal and looked for a pass to the overlapping Isaac Kelly but the two were not on the same wavelength.

Seeing a goalless draw was looking like a real possibility for those in attendance. James Hamon kept that alive as he pulled off a stunning save with his feet to keep the deadlock intact.

That save, it could be said, won the game for Marc Richards’ men as less than five minutes later a corner came in from the left that Parker hooked goalwards. Thompson made a good save but Moore bundled it home to score his first goal at Evesham for the Tigers this season.

City pressed for a second and it almost came thanks to a mistake from Curtis Macdonald, who looked to head back to Thompson but knocked it over his goalkeeper, although Thompson recovered to avoid an own goal.

City then sat back, happy to defend their one goal advantage and, to the delight of Richards, they were able to limit Chippenham and suffocate any chances the Bluebirds tried to muster.

The win leaves the Tigers 12 points clear of the relegation zone and nine points away from the play-offs, comfortable in mid-table.

Severn Sport man of the match: Rhys Kavanagh (Gloucester City)