Report - Oxford City 0-1 Gloucester City
Hanks send Tigers into Raptures
Relegation-battling Gloucester City made the most of a first half penalty and red card to see off Oxford City at Marsh Lane.
Debutant Ryan Case was unfortunate to see red for handball in the 41st minute, Joe Hanks scoring from the resulting penalty, and the visitors were able to shut up shop and see out the second half with their lead intact.
Mark Jones found himself with a rare opportunity to name a full 16-man squad thanks to the arrival of versatile defender Case and Zac McEachran passing a late fitness test. Craig King retained his place in goal, protected by centre halves Udoka Godwin-Malife and Joe Oastler, with Eddie Jones and Ryan Case at fullback. Josh Ashby and Reece Fleet sat deep in midfield, behind Zac MCEachran, with a front three of Craig Fasanmade, Kabby Tshimanga, and the returning Kyran Wiltshire.
Kabby Tshimanga spurned a golden opportunity to give his side the lead after just 7 minutes, racing clear of the defence but failing to finish on his unfavoured left foot.
Craig Fasanmade and Josh Ashby both tested Wollacott from range, shooting wide of his right hand post.
The visitors took the lead shortly before the break, debutant Ryan Case was adjudged to have handled the ball on the line and was dismissed. Joe Hanks made no mistake from the spot.
Without a league win since late September and up both a goal and a man, it was no surprise that Gloucester looked to park the bus in the second half.
The wall of bodies on the edge of the box reduced City to efforts from range Josh Ashby twice fired over before Godwin-Malife stung Wollacott's palms, the 'keeper parrying the ball out but Tshimanga failing to follow up.
The Hoops edged closer to scoring as the game went on. Tshimanga's turn and shot flashing narrowly wide before a snap shot forced another save from the 'keeper, Zac McEachran just unable to fire the loose ball home.
With the home side forced to throw men forwards the Tigers began to look dangerous on the break, substitute Ryan Law firing wide before a teammate shot straight down Craig King's throat.
Going into the final moments of the game, it seemed as though Joe Oastler was the most likely player to salvage a point for the Hoops. The centre half pushed up the field and caused havoc, seeing a volley blocked at close range before firing narrowly over from the edge of the area.