Tom Webb’s 700th game for Gloucester City was marked in defeat, as his Tigers teammates failed to break down high-flying Chelmsford City.
Opening the scoring for the Clarets was Chris Dickson, as he headed over Tom Hadler from 18 yards after the Tigers’ ‘keeper was caught out in No Man’s Land coming to claim a cross that he had no right to collect.
Ten minutes from time Chelmsford made sure the only way the points were going was Essex, as Kudus Oyenuga slotted home from the penalty spot, after Sam Avery had brought down Batt in the area.
Whilst the scores were deadlocked, however, Gloucester had the better of the chances, with Ethan Moore firing a golden opportunity over the bar from inside 12 yards.
Lewis Hall would then hit the crossbar from an open goal after Sam Beasant parried Issac Kelly’s speculative effort from long range into the path of the winger.
Chasing the game in the second half a goal down, Kelly was a bright spark for the Tigers going forward as he worked himself into the box before shooting at Beasant.
Late on with the game almost done, Shaun Batt fired across goal, which Hadler got down quickly to keep out, as the referee brought an end to proceedings.
Gloucester City: Hadler 5, Kelly 8, Parselle 5 (Tunnicliff 90’), Cundy 6, Avery 5, Knowles 6, Chambers 6 (Edge 82’), Webb 6 (Capt), Moore 5, Parker 6, Hall 6
Subs not used: King, Williams, Morford
Chelmsford City: Beasant 6, Daley 6, Graham 6, Haines 6 (Miller 57’ 6), Spillane 6, Smith 6, Green 5 (Church 52’ 5), Johnson 5, Oyenuga 7, Dickson 7 (Batt 68’ 6), Porter 5 (Capt)
Subs not used: Hitchcock, Assombalonga
Referee: Scott Jackson
Star man: Issac Kelly