Gloucester City manager Tim Harris has praised his side’s ugly win after their 1-0 victory over Bradford Park Avenue.
The Tigers boss, whose side had not won in three matches before Saturday, was all smiles after the final whistle.
Harris said: “I said to a couple of people before the game that we’ll take a 1-0 win, a clean sheet and another three valuable points.
“I think it’s the first time in a long time that I can remember winning ugly, it wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t good for the supporters. Our final ball in the final third of the pitch, the quality again we lacked but we had some chances towards the end of the game to score some more goals”.
Opponents Bradford Park Avenue came into the game bottom of the table and without a win so far this season. Nerves around the ground that this could be the first were quashed as Joe Hanks stepped up to drive a free kick into the bottom right corner of Jon Worsnop’s net.
It appeared Avenue had equalised a minute before half-time as a free-kick was whipped in to the box and met by the head of Shane Killock, only to see it wrongly ruled out for offside.
With no real chances City held on for a valuable victory, which also ensured a winning start for debutant Darren Mullings – who returned last week for a second spell with the Tigers.
Mullings joined the side in 2010 and spent four years with the club before moving on to Oxford City, and left National League South side Weston Super-Mare to return to Gloucester.
“I only joined on Thursday and had my first training session but as soon as I stepped into the changing room the lads have been brilliant,” said Mullings.
“There’s old faces that I know and some of the lads from playing football around and about and they’ve been brilliant.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game but a win’s a win and three points is what we are playing for. We know we can improve and get the ball down and play but they [Bradford Park Avenue] are scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the league and we were put under pressure, but we didn’t fold in the end”.
Gloucester move up to 7th in the National League North and face FC United of Manchester next weekend at Broadhurst Park, a side they managed to beat twice last season.