It was an evening to forget for Gloucester City as a clinical Truro City took advantage of of a wasteful Tigers side, writes Kelsey De Maria . Reece King was brought into the side to replace the injured Karnell Chambers, with Tim Harris favouring Zack Kotwica over Joe Parker.
Sam Avery was adjudged to have fouled Niall Thompson after the two fell over each other, before Ed Palmer fired a vicious free kick that Alex Harris couldn’t keep out.
It was another slow start from Tim Harris’ side but City pressed hard to get back into it.
A lull in the game followed, before Sam Avery robbed possession in midfield and tried a shot from 30 yards but he dragged his effort well wide of the target.
The play opened up in front of Mullings in space who obliged the fans calls to shoot but scuffed the strike wide.
Hanks almost caught McHale in No Man's Land from a very deep free kick as it nearly dipped under the crossbar, with the Truro stopper scrambling.
Truro had doubled their advantage with just their second shot on target. This one was a simple free header from a corner by the Truro skipper Ben Gerring.
City were lamenting what looked like stone-wall penalty not given after Ed Williams was dragged back in the box.
Kotwica found the net with a stunning volley across the goalkeeper but the play was pulled back for offside.
After the break the Tigers had a chance to get back into the game as the referee pointed to the spot after a handball in the penalty area by Gerring.
However, the penalty was tame by Ethan Moore and McHale saved easily, which really summed up the Tigers night up to that point.
Ed Williams, one of the lone bright sparks in the Tigers team tried an effort in space from 30 yards but the effort drifted over the bar.
The miserable night was compounded for City as they were caught out on the break in the final quarter of an hour led to a simple pull back for Copp to well and truly finish the game.
City kept plugging away until the very end and were denied a second penalty after more penalty shouts for handball were turned down by the referee.
The Tigers will look to put things right on Saturday when Wealdstone are the visitors to the Jubilee Stadium.
Gloucester City: Harris, Thomas (capt), Parselle, Hamilton, Avery, Mullings, Hanks, King (Cundy 72’), Moore (Morford 67’), Kotwica (Mbunga 72’), Williams. Subs not used: Parker, Forsyth
Truro City: McHale, Palfrey, Hartridge, Palmer, Gerring (capt), Richards, Lamont (Copp 46’), Allen, Thompson (Neal 63’), Cooke (Yetton 85’), Riley-Lowe. Subs not used: Booth, Harding.