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National League: Wealdstone 2 Gloucester City 0

Wealdstone returned to winning ways after beating Gloucester City at Grosvenor Vale on Monday night.

The hosts were in control of the game in the beginning, although set-pieces dominated the first 10 minutes of the game with Fumnaya Shomotun and David Pratt coming close to scoring.

Pratt found space after manoeuvring but saw his shot blocked,
Stones’ already unfamiliar back line was altered as Jake Sheppard had to come on to replace the injured Okimo.

The first half ended with a scuffle as Simon Mensah reacted angrily to a foul by Fabien Robert.

The match flowed in the early part of the second half, with Joe Parker driving a low shot across goal, but North got down well.

In the 54th minute, Stones took the lead when Bradley Bubb volleyed home from 25 yards.
Gloucester intensified their game but the away side were in a good position and only a last ditch tackle by Spencer Hamilton prevented Wealdstone from doubling their lead.

Shomotun was replaced by Daniel Green, while Gloucester made a double substitution in the hope for an equaliser.

The visitors predominantly defended for the last 10 minutes, but Gloucester had a chance late on when Harry William’s tame shot failed to beat North.

Godfrey Poku’s effort was saved and soon after, Pratt slammed the ball home to secure the win for Wealdstone.

First-team coach Mike Percival took charge of the team in the absence of manager Bobby Wilkinson and praised his team’s resilience, reserving special praise for Jake Sheppard, Glenn Wilson and Connor Stevens.

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