It was a West Country derby stalemate, as Gloucester City and rivals Bath City battled to a goalless draw on Sunday afternoon.\r\n\r\nIn a game too close to call, neither side had a real opportunity with the end result being a trip on Tuesday night to the Romans’ Twerton Park for a place in the FA Trophy First Round.\r\n\r\nStriker Harry White proved to be the Tigers’ main attacking outlet, with Bath top scorer Dave Pratt uncharacteristically quiet until a half chance in the closing stages.\r\n\r\nLoanee’s Lewis Hall and Jamie Lucas made their Gloucester bow, but neither side push the Tigers to victory.\r\n\r\nThe first meeting between the two West Country rivals since a Southern League fixture in 2007 started frenetically with Ben Adelsbury’s poor effort the first opening.\r\n\r\nStriker White attempted to break the deadlock shooting across goal from outside the area, but Jason Mellor watched it trickle past his post.\r\n\r\nCity tried their luck from a George Miller corner, but under pressure Marc Richards found himself under the ball to head well over.\r\n\r\nA collision between Mellor and defender Dan Bowman allowed White a half-opportunity that he hit across the six yard box evading debutant Lucas.\r\n\r\nGloucester’s other debutant, Bristol City loanee left back Lewis Hall crossed in deep to cause Mellor a heap of trouble, but he did very well to stop any threat.\r\n\r\nNothing separated the two rivals at the break as White tried to force a City goal with an excellent 40 yard run, only for Bowman to slide in.\r\n\r\nRichards’ last action of the game was a strong header as Tim Harris rolled the dice and brought on attacking options Chris Jones and Nathan Modest.\r\n\r\nThe change resulted in City dominating possession for a period as Mellor thwarted both White and Tom Webb as the game started opening up.\r\n\r\nThe derby feel that had been lacking came to the forefront with Ross Stearn forcing Jasbir Singh into a smart save in a contest that had evolved into a lively, scrappy affair.\r\n\r\nPhil Walsh headed wide to end a period of sustained Bath pressure before Welsh winger Jones sliced an effort wide with Charlie Griffin teasing from distance seeing his shot from distance deflected.\r\n\r\nAs the clock ticked towards the final whistle, leading scorer Pratt was unleashed behind the Tigers backline but produced a lacklustre half-volley that summed up the afternoon for both sides.\r\n\r\nAdelsbury headed over and City’s Miller was robbed off the ball in an advanced position as the game petered out into a replay, with another West Country derby for fans to look forward to.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: J. Singh, M. Green, L. Hall, J. Harris, M. Williams, A. Connolly, M. Richards (N. Modest 62), T. Webb, H. White (C. Griffin 73), J. Lucas (C. Jones 62), G. Miller\r\n\r\nSubs not used: C. Knowles, S. Avery\r\n\r\nBath City:  J. Mellor, D. Bowman, S. Simpson, P. Keary, P. Walsh (D. Ball 80), B. Adelsbury, A. Watkins (A. Kington 90+2), C. Allen, D. Pratt, N. McCootie (R. Stearn 56), C. Hemmings\r\n\r\nSubs not used: A. Gallinagh, L. Perry\r\n\r\nAttendance: 425\r\n\r\nMan of the Match: Jack Harris (Gloucester City)

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