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OPINION: Halifax scoreline is harsh on Tim Harris’ 250th bow and four other things that caught the eye

Park Life writer Elliot Owens reflects on Gloucester City’s 2-0 defeat against Halifax at LCI Rail Stadium.

 

250-not-out for gaffer Tim Harris

 

It was a momentous occasion for Tim Harris, celebrating his 250th match at the helm of the Tigers. The script was set and the hosts started the brighter, creating a glorious number of chances. But Halifax, ruined the party with goals from Alex Simmons and Liam King completing the victory for the Shaymen.

 

Tigers rue early missed opportunities

Harris’ men must have thought it was only a matter of time before they broke the deadlock. Ed Williams and Joe Hanks had two shots blocked in quick succession. Hanks turned provider and played in Zack Kotwica before bending the ball wide. Kotwica then put a delicious freekick narrowly over the cross bar before Halifax scored, against the run of play, through Alex Simmonds free header.

 

Rare blank in front of goal for the hosts

 

For the first time in six months, The Tigers failed to score in a competitive game of football. After the numerous chances in the first half, Tim Harris’ men petered out in the second half as they lacked energy and Halifax took control in the game. Visiting captain Liam King smashed home a controversial penalty which all but halted any Gloucester comeback.

 

City live life dangerously at the back

 

Gloucester defenders Spencer Hamilton and Sam Avery were guilty of being too casual, time and again, at the back between each other and goalkeeper Jasbir Singh. It nearly cost their team a goal twice during the first half, as well as putting unnecessary pressure on the Gloucester backline. It is something Tim Harris will want to avoid in their next game against Bradford Park Avenue.

Man-of-the-match debut for loanee Danny Greenslade

Left back Danny Greenslade, who is on loan from Bristol Rovers, completed his first 90 minutes in yellow and black stripes, with much admiration from fans and the media alike. The 22-year-old showed off an impressive turn of pace going forward and provided excellent set pieces in the second half.

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