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Under 18's NERF JPL - Match centre

Worcester City FC
Gloucester City FC
Sat 29 Apr 10:30 - League Full time



City lined up as follows: Tom WALKER GK U16, Sean Demetre RB, Dan Wilson CB, Kiaro Saulter CB, JACOB HYDE LB, Matt Makranczy CM, JACOB KEANE CM U16, LIAM LOCKETT (Captain) LF, ARCHIE BERESFORD RW U16, Brandon Malpass CM, Callum Devlin CF.
City had 11 today and no subs due to players not making themselves available. We have to praise the 11 who attended, they were first class throughout and as Gloucester said themselves, played really well and were unfortunate to lose the game.
First special mention must go Brandon Malpass who after three months out due to illness and being unable to train or play any football whatsoever and having only two recent training sessions, played the full 90 minutes and gave it everything, not wanting to let the other 10 players down. Great commitment.
City took the game to Gloucester and made real headway with Walker looking assured and Wilson, Saulter, Hyde and Demetre keeping any threat at bay and not allowing Gloucester any way in.
With Makranczy and Keane taking control of the midfield and Locket, Beresford, Malpass and Devlin working well as an attacking four it was City that made the chances, playing some nice football through the MF. Devlin fed Malpass who couldn't quite squeeze it in, Devlin had a shot well saved, Keane shaved the post and Locket also had a shot well saved as did Makranzcy.
At the other end, Walker smothered a one on one as Gloucester sought a way through and another shot hit the side netting after a deflection. Everyone thought the resulting corner had gone straight in but it in fact had rested on the top of the new and rolled down.
With Devlin leading the line City continued to press but despite their early dominance they couldn't find a goal and they wondered if this would come back to bite them as the half came to close. They knew they should have been two or three up on the balance of play and chances.
Darren and Nathan from Gloucester praised JACOB KEANE highly for his MF performance but couldn't give him an award as the U16's can't be carried up to U18's on the website unfortunately.
0.0 at HT.
The thing is when you give good teams opportunities they take them and with Gloucester's good quality forward line, City were always going to be up against it as the 11 tired and Gloucester used their subs well and started to take the game to City.
It was City who attacked first though and forced a corner. Wilson met it superbly but Gloucester's GK pulled off a great save. City them forced another corner and Keane headed just over. It didn't look like City's day.
On 55 minutes the game turned. City's first lapse of concentration saw the ball come to Tim Rankin and he raced on to slide the ball neatly past Walker for 0.1 and City were up against it.
Gloucester then turned the screw and with Josh Watts pulling the strings in MF they began to ask questions of the City defence. Walker pulled off two good saves and also punched two corners clear. Gloucester’s fast paced attacks were starting to tell and City’s defence were having to work hard to stem the flow.
City though continued to attack and Devlin and Makranczy both had efforts blocked before another great and incisive counter attack by Gloucester on 75 minutes found Rankin again and his clever header found the net for 0.2 as City's tiring legs began to show.
City kept battling and trying to create something as Lockett moved into the centre and his skilful running was a threat along with Devlin. Despite some good openings they couldn’t find a way through Gloucester's defence which was well marshalled by Bradley Loveridge.
When Will Tunnicliffe capped a fine display by netting Gloucester's third on 85 minutes, City were done at 0.3 and Gloucester were in control.
At the final whistle both teams were praised for a great game which to be fair, neither team deserved to lose but Gloucester finished key chances at key moments and City didn't. These are certainly two good teams who have talent, strength and commitment in their squads and with Gloucester now top of the League and City in 2nd, it was a worthy top of the table clash. Well done to both squads, it was a game played in the right way and the Gloucester lads just edged it when it mattered.
0.3 at FT.
City wish Darren and Nathan and the Cloucester lads all the best for the close season.
Nigel Upson

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