The three points Gloucester City earned at the weekend could have been taken for granted on Saturday against bottom-of-the-table Whitehawk FC but the win could prove key as they look to build on a rocky start to the season.
The victory at home over the weekend means Gloucester sit 16th in the Vanarama League South, The Tigers notched up a 3-1 home victory over the visitors with two first-half goals added to by Chris Knowles after the hour mark.
The home side started strongly, a bit of brilliance from Joe Parker down the left hand side of the defence left him with enough space for him to squeeze the ball under the goalkeeper and into the net.
They continued to pile the pressure onto Whitehawk and added a second. With the Hawks defence slow to react to a parry away from goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk, the ball fell to Karnell Chambers who slotted away from only a few yards out.
The away side did grab a goal before the break however, a silky smooth passing move bypassed the Tigers defence and although Tom Hadler got a hand to the initial effort, Enoch Andoh turned the deflection in to make the score 2-1 at the half-time whistle.
Whitehawk came out the stronger of the two sides in the second half and had multiple chances to level the score. But, an athletic diving header from Chris Knowles put the game out of reach and Gloucester City were able to maintain their advantage and collect a vital three points.
The trip away to second-placed Dartford could feel like a long one and it will require the very best of Tim Harris’ men to grind out a result. However any points taken away from their away trip could propel the season to the next level as they look to continue upwards in the table.