Young Tigers hand out first half mauling in convincing win

Gloucester City U18s moved up to third in the Midland Floodlit Youth League Southern Division after a comprehensive display against local rivals Cheltenham Town. 

An impressive first 45 from the hosts saw them go in at the break 3-0 up as the young Robins struggled to keep up with a fired up City side.

The warning signs were there inside the opening 15 seconds when Iredia Ochiago leapt on a poor pass to bear down on goal, only for his shot to be smothered by the rallying Cheltenham defenders. Ochiago then went close again as he broke the visitors offside trap.

City went in front after Cam Williams & Dom Kent combined down the left. The ball was slipped through for Josh Watts who calmly dispatched his efforts as Cheltenham appealed for a flag that was never coming.

Elliot Roberts went close from a dangerous Cam Williams free kick before winger Dan King tested George Cresswell in the Cheltenham goal.

King then turned on the style twice in as many minutes. First he weaved past two Cheltenham defenders and whipping in a cross that Williams volleyed at Cresswell, before he showed quick feet to shift the ball onto his left foot and curl the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Just before half time Dom Kent netted City’s third and what a goal it was! Right back Brad Loveridge fizzed a ball into Ochiago and as it looped up Kent volleyed the ball into the top corner from about 22 yards out. The technique the young man showed was sensational.

After that strike the stuffing had been knocked out of Cheltenham and even with the break imminent there was the feeling that game was done as a contest.

The second half began as a scrappy affair with neither side able to take control in the opening exchanges. With rolling substitutions being made throughout the second half neither side could really gain any momentum.

City scored a fourth when a ball from the right hand side fell to Watts and the striker’s effort deflected into the bottom corner, giving Cresswell no chance.

The Tigers saw the game out professionally and were aided when Jack Beardsley, who had been Cheltenham’s best player, was shown a second yellow card for a high foot on Chisolm Obi.

Gloucester move to within a point of joint league leaders Evesham United & Kidderminster Harriers but have one and two games in hand respectively. Cheltenham stay 5th and have seen any hope of winning the league all but gone after tonight’s result.

Gloucester City U18s: Sukosd, Loveridge, Roach, Roberts, Lyons, McSherry, King, Williams, Watts, Ochiago, Kent

Subs: Obi, Blythe, Cole, Berry

Cheltenham Town U18s: Cresswell, Benton, Lowe, Mew, Kerr, Jones, Sluman, Beardsley, Fullwood, Hall, Colbourne

Subs: Pinto, Baldwin

Severn Sport Man of the match: Dan King (Gloucester City U18s)