A first half Matt Williams wonder goal was cancelled out by prolific striker Chib Chilaka as both teams took a share of the spoils at Horsfall Stadium.\r\n\r\nIn a first half that Avenue dominated, it took a wonder strike from centre back Matt Williams right on the stroke of half time to separate the teams.\r\n\r\nBradford started the half strongly and had an early chance from a Billy Priestley header from the edge of the box, but it was comfortably held by City\r\n\r\nThe game then petered out into Avenue strenuously trying to unlock the City defence, culminating with Colbeck cutting inside onto his right foot and firing a shot away that was blocked by Sam Avery.\r\n\r\nGloucester had their first real chance of the game on the half hour mark as Harry White laid it square for Adam Connolly to drive one, but his shot was well off target.\r\n\r\nBradford had another great chance to break the deadlock in the 41st minute as Simon Ainge found himself unmarked from a corner but somehow his header was off target.\r\n\r\nAs it looked like the teams were going into half time deadlocked at 0-0, the breakthrough came courtesy of a wonder goal from Matt Williams.\r\n\r\nAs the corner came in, Williams knocked it down to White and received it back from the City striker; he then proceeded to smash the ball in the top corner on the half volley from 20 yards.\r\n\r\nAvenue were nearly level right after the break as Chib Chilaka latched onto a weak backwards header by Avery to Paul White, but the Bradford striker’s prodded effort was a good 10 yards wide.\r\n\r\nCity weren’t going to sit back with 10 behind the ball and on 56 minutes had a huge chance to go 2-0 up. James Bowen’s cross from the byline evaded everyone but Connor Thompson couldn’t quite make a good connection to put it in.\r\n\r\nBradford’s equaliser came through the prolific Chib Chilaka on 64 minutes. A long, bouncing ball evaded the defence, Chilaka brought it down, cut inside and buried it past Paul White with a smart finish.\r\n\r\nCity should’ve been 2-1 up 10 minutes later as Harry White had the ball in the net with a smart finish following good work from Thompson, but the strike was contentiously ruled out for offside.\r\n\r\nWith City pushing for a winner they were nearly caught out on the break, but a long range effort from Sam Patterson was well wide of the target.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers were stretched again in stoppage time and it took a fine stop from ‘keeper Paul White to stop a certain goal from Chilaka, as he gathered the ball at the onrushing striker’s feet.\r\n\r\nNeither team could find the breakthrough in the end and the result sees Gloucester City move up one position to 19th, out of the relegation zone.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nBradford PA: J. Danby, C. Howarth, B. Priestly, S. Patterson, S. Ainge (c), R. Qualter, J. Colbeck, P. Walker, C. Chilaka, R. Marshall, L. Dean (S. Boothman 61’)\r\n\r\nSubs: C. King, L. Colley, N. Hotte, J. Price\r\n\r\nGloucester City: P. White, M. Green, B. Jones, M. Williams, S. Avery, A. Connolly, J. Bowen (H. Williams 77’), T. Webb (c), H. White (M. Diop 84’), S. Kabba, C. Thompson (N. Modest 77’)\r\n\r\nSubs: M. Richards, F. Orenuga\r\n\r\nAttendance: 315\r\n\r\nStar Man: Matt Williams\r\n\r\nReferee: A. Tankard
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