Gloucester City U21s on cloud nine with Bevan amongst stand outs

Gloucester City U21s moved up to second in the Midland Football League South West with a 9-0 demolition of Kidderminster Harriers at Meadow Park on Saturday morning.

City got off the perfect start when Lewis Derrick broke the deadlock within 90 seconds when he was played in on goal and calmly rounder the keeper to tap home.

Derrick then picked out Brad Bevan with a sweeping diagonal from the half way line. After a challenge on Bevan the ball was knocked left of the box to Kian Gardiner, but his shot was palmed over.

City doubled their lead on 11 minutes after a great sixty seconds for the hosts. First after Claude Shimmer broke the City offside trap, his one on one effort was well blocked by keeper Alex Avenell.

From there City went up the other end and it resulted in a through ball being chased by Brad Bevan. Bevan got a foot in ahead of the keeper and it was 2-0.

The rest of the first half saw Gloucester press for the that third just to all but kill the game. Ricardo Jaio fired wide before Finn Rees and Cam Mcglip had efforts saved by the Kidderminster keeper, Nathan Duggal.

Duggal then kept his side in the contest before the break when he showed great reactions to deny Gardiner after he was played in down the left side of the box again.

Kidderminster should have pulled one back before the break when Shimmer broke the offside trap again, but his finish was all wrong and he scooped the ball wide.

Gardiner saw two shots saved within the final 90 seconds of the half and somehow City went in at the break only 2-0 up!

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Just like the first half though City would score early in the second period and it was a simple one at that.

A corner kick was swung in from the left and captain Jack Spark got the run on his man at the near post and crashed his header into the bottom corner.

Gardiner added a fourth just before the hour mark as he was slipped in down the left side of the box and he slotted the ball past Duggal to get the goal which his performance deserved.

First Team player Cam Mcgilp was included in the U21s squad for the morning and it was he who created the fifth. After winning the ball in the midfield he carried the ball to the edge of the box before laying the ball right into Bevan’s path and the forward slotted home his second of the day.

Mcgilp went from provider to scorer with 12 minutes left when he won the ball again in the Kidderminster half, carried the ball into the box, side stepped two defenders and fired the ball into the top corner to make it 6-0.

Two goals in sixty seconds saw City go 8-0 in front with 5 minutes to go, with Tariq Soliman scoring both.

First after Bevan closed down an attempt to play out from the back, he laid the square ball on for Soliman to calmly slot home.

Then after Kidderminster gave the ball away straight from kick off, Bevan carried the ball to the edge of the box, saw his shot spilled and Soliman was on hand to get two in a minute.

Jack Spark added his second and City’s ninth in injury time, again from a corner. The ball was kept alive and after taking the ball on his thigh, Spark turned to slam the ball home from about 12 yards.

It was an impressive display from Craig Robinson’s men, who head to Redditch United U21s next weekend before hosting Silhill U21s on Saturday 30th October

Gloucester City U21s: Avenell, Jaio, O’Boyle, F Rees, Spark, Cook, Mcglip, Derrick, Bevan, Jeremiah, Gardiner

Subs: Mills, Shitto, Fowler, C Rees, Soliman

Kidderminster Harriers U21s: Duggal, Wilson, Ogedenjde, Darby, Mokozliev, Cunningham, Bolus, Janneh, Allen, Bourke, Shimmer

Subs: Lando, Adkins, Lowry, Nicholson, Bogle

M&S Roofing Man of the Match – Brad Bevan (Gloucester City U21s)

READ MORE: Check out the full list of results in and around Gloucestershire this weekend right here

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