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Andrew strikes but Green is the hero with a string of saves

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

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Superb saves from Mike Green and a first-half goal from Danny Andrew helped Gloucester to an important win over rivals Worcester in the Blue Square Bet North.

The home side were keen to make an impact from the start, with Greg Mills' early attempt to chip Green beating the goalkeeper but landing the wrong side of the post.

The visitors had the first shot on target 18 minutes in when Adam Mann collected a slick pass from on-loan Jordan Goddard, forcing home goalkeeper Matt Sargeant to tip the ball wide.

Goddard, heading up a midfield missing two key players in Tom Webb and Lewis Hogg, looked calm and assured.

Sargeant's opposite number Green made an equally important save moments later, stopping Mills from heading in a cross from Charlie Reece.

Green was back in action just three minutes later, blocking a low shot from Kyle Patterson. Sam Rawlings, taking the place of Green's namesake at right-back enjoyed a busy first half, stopping another shot from the rampant Mills on the half-hour mark.

Green blocked a further shot from Mills, leaving Jack Harris to stop the follow up from Reece on 33 minutes.

It was Tyler Weir, who turned down a move to Gloucester in favour of Worcester, who gave away a free-kick on 36 minutes, bringing down Mann on the edge of the box. Andrew stepped up to take the kick, beat the wall and sent Sargeant the wrong way to put Gloucester ahead.

The second half saw more cavalier defending from Gloucester as they were pressed hard, but the visitors' work-rate never faltered, with Mann and Bagasan Graham running riot down the flanks.

Darren Edwards' deft touch kept the ball in play on 64 minutes, but his cross was an inch too far for Will Morford to connect with as the Tigers looked for a second.

Steve Davies injected pace, coming on for Graham with 20 minutes left to play but, as the game entered its final phase, it was Green who was once again under pressure.

However, he soaked up the shots with aplomb, sealing an important three points.

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