Gloucester City struck back from two goals down at Bognor Regis Town to claim a well-earned point.

Tim Harris rung the changes for the Tigers, making no fewer than five swaps from the side that lost convincingly to Hungerford Town in the FA Cup last weekend.

It looked for a while as if the Tigers would struggle to make the game in the first place, with road closures on the M3 causing kick-off to be delayed by 20 minutes.

City showed no signs of fatigue from the five hour coach journey though, as Joe Parker forced Dan Lincoln into a very smart stop inside 90 seconds.

Karnell Chambers then linked up well with new signing Jamie Edge as the young winger struck a shot into the side netting, with the Tigers well on top in the opening five minutes.

Bognor were struggling to find their feet but when they did they looked a threat, with Harvey Whyte and Jimmy Muitt both seeing left footed strikes fly wide of Tom Hadler’s goal.

The home side were left remonstrating with the referee when James Crane went down with what turned out to be a dislocated shoulder.
City, as they were entitled to do, played on, and it took Lincoln rushing off his goal-line to smother the ball to deny an opportunity for Parker.

Chambers and Parker were combining well up top for the Tigers, as the latter headed just wide from the former’s ball from the right.

Eight minutes were added on at the end of the first half owing to Crane’s injury, and it was in the fifth of those that Bognor broke through.

Pearce received a smart give-and-go from Campbell before tucking it past Hadler, who was motionless as he watched it fly into the back of the net.

The second half was a well-paced affair, with Chambers bringing the ball down well in the box before shooting straight at Lincoln.

It was the Rocks’ keeper who was again producing heroics as he flung himself to his left to keep out a rasping volley from Lewis Hall.

As City pushed, they were becoming more exposed at the back, a telling fact told with 20 to go, as Muitt found himself as one of two unmarked at the back post before firing past Hadler.

The Tigers looked dead and buried, but Ed Williams was a man determined, as he won a free kick 25 yards from goal.

Williams delivered a whipped cross but it took a slight deflection on it’s way through that took it past Lincoln.

With their lead hanging by a thread, Bognor sat deep in their own territory, but it would not be enough to deny the Tigers coming away with a point.

A deep ball into the box was expertly flicked down by Mullings into Williams who was calmness personified, bringing the ball down before firing past Lincoln to give City a share of the spoils.

Bognor Regis Town: Lincoln, Crane (Block 31’), Campbell, Tuck, El-Abd (capt), Field, Muitt, Davies, Whyte, Pearce (Wild 83’), Swallow

Subs not used: Heath, Suraci, Lea

Gloucester City: Hadler, Thomas (capt), Hall, Parselle, Cundy, Mullings, Edge (Webb 72’), Finnie (Williams 56’), Morford, Parker, Chambers (Kotwica 72’)

Subs not used: King, Harris

Referee: Jacob Miles

Attendance: 609

Star man: Ed Williams

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