Two late goals from substitute Luke Hopper saw Gloucester City snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat as they bagged a point at Gainsborough.

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In a game where City dominated, Trinity started well and went close early on as Jake Picton had a free header at the back post but he knocked it across goal and just wide.

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Wigan Athletic loanee Louis Robles again looked dangerous for City as his shot from 25 yards troubled Jan Budtz who eventually held.

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 City then went behind against the run of play and were the victims of a bobbly pitch. As the ball evaded Sam Avery who looked to have it controlled, Nathan Jarman snuck in to fire past Singh.

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The Tigers were denied claims for a penalty as Robles went down in the area under the challenge but the referee booked the striker for simulation, much to the disbelief of the City team.

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It was all City from then on as the Tigers worked a shooting opportunity with Joe Hanks eventually letting fly but it was turned behind well by Budtz.

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The Tigers then got their just reward as they were level on the stroke of half time as Ed Williams produced a sublime cross for Colby Bishop to head home completely unmarked.

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Billy Jones tried a speculative effort that forced Budtz into a good save, after Jones shot from 35 yards out following a surging run.

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Once more against the run of play though, City were behind. A cross from the right was not the best, but with the ball behind him, Marc Newsham somehow reached back to turn it home past Singh.

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It was a case of “How did that stay out?” for City moments later as Robles swiped at the ball from six yards before Robbie Cundy fired wide.

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City had a big chance for an equaliser as the substitute Hopper chested the ball down to Tom Webb on the edge of the box but he lofted a half volley over the bar.

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City were then caught out at the back as Cundy tried to play offside. Craig Reid beat the line though and calmly slotted the ball past Singh to put Trinity out of reach.

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That was what everyone in the ground was thinking but Luke Hopper had other ideas, as he pounced on a loose ball to stab it into the net from two yards for his first Gloucester City goal.

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The comeback was complete for the Tigers in time added on as City pressed for the equaliser.

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Hanks worked space on the edge of the box and shot goalwards. It looked to be heading straight to Budtz to claim but Hopper was there to deflect it past the Trinity keeper and in.

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The point leaves City in 14th place ahead of a crucial game at home to Brackley Town next Saturday.

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Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Lacey, Brogan, D’Laryea, Quinn, Pcton, Davis, Russell, Newsham (Reid 63), Jarman (c), Yates. Subs not used: Roma, Binns, Bemrose, Hedge

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Gloucester City: Singh, Green, Jones, Cundy (Sterling-James 82), Avery, Dinsley, Webb (c), Hanks, Bishop (Hall 77), Robles, E. Willams (Hopper 63). Subs not used: Hamilton, M. Williams.

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Referee: Anthony Tankard.

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Attendance: 502.

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Star man: Luke Hopper

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