Gloucester City 1 Cheltenham Town XI 2
CHELTENHAM Town’s wish for an Under-21 development side next season seems fully justified based on this evidence against a far more experienced Gloucester City side.
Goals from Bobbie Dale and Adam Powell were enough to take the youngsters through to the quarter-finals of the Gloucestershire Senior Cup, where they will visit Forest Green Rovers, with a semi-final trip to Bristol City at stake.
Gloucester boss Tim Harris named six players who started the Tigers’ impressive 2-0 home win over Stockport County on Saturday which lifted their chances of escaping relegation from Skrill North.
Charlie Griffin pulled one back in the 69th minute in a game of very few clear chances at Evesham United’s Jubilee Stadium.
Cheltenham, coached on the night by Jamie Victory, made the perfect start, opening the scoring in the second minute.
A free-kick from Powell caught the City defence out and Dale strode through and beat Mike Green with a confident finish.
Teenaged central defenders Spencer Hamilton and Elliott Keightley competed well to nullify the threat of 34-year-old Griffin, who nodded one chance wide of Harvey Rivers’ goal before half-time.
Connor Waldon set up Griffin for the leveller, supplying him from the left and the former Wycombe Wanderers made toe-poked in after the ball fell to him off a defender in the box.
But Powell’s fine finish won it for Cheltenham six minutes later when Joe Hanks set him up after City failed to deal with a corner.
First team boss Mark Yates was in the stand to watch and plenty of this year’s second year scholarship players did their chances of a professional deal no harm at all.
GLOUCESTER CITY: M Green; M Green (N Mustoe 61), M Roome, M Rosem M Giglio; S Rawlings, C Waldon, L Hogg, L Binns (J Parker 46); C Griffin, M Groves. Subs not used: N Phillips, B Jones, T Webb.
CHELTENHAM TOWN XI: H Rivers; C Craddock, S Hamilton, E Keightley, J Bowen; A Powell, J Hanks; J Lawrence (D Reynolds 88), H Williams, E Williams; B Dale. Subs not used: H Reynolds, K Whitehead, J Goodwin, Z Kirkpatrick-Jones.
REFEREE: M Pates.
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