Gloucester City extended their unbeaten run to 6 games in all competitions with a draw away to Whitehawk.

Rhys Kavanagh started after the extension of his loan deal on Friday with Joe Parker also selected by Marc Richards after a brilliant performance against Wealdstone on Monday night.

The Tigers went behind very early in the first half after failing to clear and Gold Omotayo converted past James Hamon in the third minute to give the hosts the lead.

However, City rallied and after constant pressure were back on level terms just 13 minutes later through an excellent Joe Parker finish. Parker picked up a through ball and coolly slotted past Daniel Wilks in the Whitehawk goal to notch his 10th goal of the season.

City kicked on from here and remained dominant throughout the remainder of the half, creating chances and testing the Whitehawk defence, with Rhys Kavanagh providing the main threat.

It remained even going into the break with Gloucester very much in the ascendancy. Marc Richards replaced Rhys Kavanagh with Ethan Moore at half time after a shoulder barge late in the first half left Kavanagh struggling.

Moore did well with his hold up play, bringing others into the attack however with Gloucester City now playing up the sloped pitch their attacks began to look laboured and this allowed Whitehawk to get more of a foothold on the game.

The City defence though dealt with everything thrown at them and Whitehawk were restricted to corners and speculative efforts, with one such effort coming on 72 minutes. Lyons-Foster teed up a ferocious shot from outside the box, firing at the top right corner of the City goal  and although Hamon was equal to it, the ball whistled past the post and out for a goal kick.

The game petered out and both teams resorted to route one football and as the referee blew for full time both teams would have been happy with the point.

Marc Richards had this to say,

“I think it was a fair result, I said to the boys at half time, “let’s make sure we get something out of the game,” It’s a tough place to come and they are one of the form teams in the league, and we knew what they were about, big, physical. We gave away a sloppy goal early on but the boys reacted well, I’m pleased with the point.”

Gloucester City face a third away game on the bounce when they travel to Havant and Waterlooville on Tuesday night, weather permitting, kick off 19:45.


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