Attritional and scrappy, Gloucester City and Hednesford Town played out a scoreless draw on a battling afternoon at Whaddon Road.\r\n\r\nThe visitors had a goal disallowed midway through the second half as Francino Francis’ header was chalked off due to a well worked offside trap, and Glenn Walker hit the woodwork in the opening minutes with a bamboozling cross.\r\n\r\nMike Green was forced into a sublime save denying Marvin Robinson as Adam Mann proved a nuisance for the Tigers making Dan Crane scoop away a piledriver shot from outside the area.\r\n\r\nCharlie Griffin also had a sniff at goal but couldn’t latch onto Mann’s deflected ball into the area as neither side could break the deadlock.\r\n\r\nThe first half failed to burst into life with plenty of injury stoppages stopping any real momentum for either side, but Hednesford began the better as a cross-cum-shot from Glenn Walker struck the woodwork after two minutes.\r\n\r\nMatt Groves attempted to put the Tigers ahead but a lofty effort went over the bar.\r\n\r\nCity were exposed at the back after a mistake by Mark Preece allowed Marvin Robinson in behind the defence, but his one-on-one effort was tame and Green collected easily.\r\n\r\nMann fizzed a shot into the box after a neat training ground free-kick move opened space for the Tigers forward before Glover lifted a free header at the back post onto the top of the net as neither side could get a strangehold on the contest.\r\n\r\nCity’s best opportunity of the half came from the boot of Mann who saw an effort pinball around the area only to just allude Griffin.\r\n\r\nThe Pitmen were forced into two injury substitutions in the first half hour as Kris Taylor and Walker had short afternoons in Cheltenham.\r\n\r\nWalker’s replacement Tom Peers almost made an immediate impact but a last ditch challenge from City captain Billy Jones saved the day.\r\n\r\nJust before the half-time break, an excellent breakaway move found Griffin who could only blast an effort into Crane.\r\n\r\nHednesford could’ve easily taken the lead on the hour mark, but a show-stopping save from Green tipped Robinson’s header away before Peers shot wide.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers hit back through Mann who swivelled a blasted an effort low that Crane saved with an unorthodox scoop away.\r\n\r\nThe contest started a open up more as Jamie Ashmore played a teasing ball into the area that evaded two of his fellow Pitmen.\r\n\r\nThe visitors were left to rue the linesman’s flag with a quarter of an hour remaining as Francis headed home but, along with three more Hednesford players, were played into an offside position.\r\n\r\nThe game petered out into a stalemate, but Griffin had a late effort for Gloucester before a wild volley from Glover sliced wide as the contest ended scoreless.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, S. Avery, B. Jones, M. Preece, M. Williams, A. Connolly, M. Richards (E. Chamberlain 83), C. Jones (M. Green 56), C. Griffin, A. Mann (T. Webb 80), M. Groves\r\n\r\nSubs not used: S. Hamilton, S. Wilson\r\n\r\nHednesford Town: D. Crane, A. Melbourne, D. Campion, P.McCone, F. Francis, K. Taylor (J. Ashmore 29), J. Osborne, T. Thorley, D. Glover, M. Robinson (D. Dell 69), G. Walker (T. Peers 21)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: B. Bailey, R.Price\r\n\r\nAttendance: 482

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