Parker se­cures Tigers nar­row vic­tory at Alty

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By An­drew Mar­shall

GLOUCES­TER CITY re­turned to win­ning ways by sneak­ing a win at bot­tom club Al­trin­cham.

Joe Parker’s first-half strike was enough to set­tle an even game lack­ing in chances.

Nei­ther side had won in the league since Oc­to­ber and the game started with a nervy edge.

New Robins sign­ings Andy Owens and El­liot Newby were com­bin­ing well but front­man Owens couldn’t find a fin­ish.

Then on the half-hour mark, the vis­i­tors found the open­ing. An Ed­ward Wil­liams through­ball was smashed into the top cor­ner by Parker.

He should have dou­bled his tally mo­ments later but scuffed his shot, leav­ing Tim Deasy with a com­fort­able save.

The game be­came scrappy af­ter the break, with both sides strug­gling to cre­ate open­ings.

The lively Nicky Clee bril­liantly took a long ball down on his chest be­fore turn­ing and vol­ley­ing just over from 20 yards.

At the other end, Lewis Hall drib­bled from his own half be­fore pro­duc­ing a save and Luke Hop­per fired wide.

Keiran Thomas saw red late on for a sec­ond book­ing but the Tigers held on to end a run of six de­feats in a row. STAR MAN: Lewis Hall (Glouces­ter City) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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