Gloucester City missed the chance to claim a home victory over Hampton & Richmond as they were held to a stalemate at the Jubilee Stadium.

Tim Harris brought both Lewis Hall and Ed Williams back into the starting XI, with the former making his first start of the season following a long injury lay-off.

The Tigers started as a side determined to rectify their loss on Tuesday, as Zack Kotwica fed Joe Parker who sliced an effort just wide of the goal.

Ed Williams delivered an inviting free kick into the back post where Robbie Cundy and Sam Avery both rose well but neither could make a connection on the ball.

Cundy then threaded a beautiful through ball to Keiran Thomas on the right flank who could only overhit the cross, but it was promising stuff from the Tigers.

Attacking down the right again, Thomas cut inside and played it to Parker 12 yards out, but the striker couldn’t get it out from under his feet to get a shot away.

The first sight of goal for the visitors came as Bradley Hudson-Odoi made a run in behind but he was forced wide and could only shoot as such.

Hall showed what he’s capable of as he skipped inside of one man before shooting, though the shot flew over.

Parker was set in behind by Hanks with a lovely threaded pass and eventually pulled it back but it was not enough to find Kotwica or Webb who were arriving.

The ever-lively Parker sent a curling strike towards the top corner but it was watched all the way by Howes and well held in the end.

It was not long after that the Tigers would have the lead and it came through Parker, who got his deserved reward for his efforts.

Hanks sent a long ball forward over the top of the defence for Parker to latch onto and he did just that, pouncing on hesitation by Howes to chip over the Hampton keeper.

The lead lasted all of 60 seconds though, as the visitors were level with Hudson-Odoi capitalising on some indecisive defending to cut the ball back across Hadler and into the net.

Some good pressure up top from Kotwica saw the Tigers win the ball back and he in turn played it to Hanks who lined one up from 30 yards, but fired over.

Tom Hadler had to be on hand to make a great save as he palmed away a Shaun McAuley effort that looked destined for the top corner.

The game then became a scrappy affair, where neither side were able to retain possession for any significant period of time, and it was a fair indictment of the game that it would end level.

Gloucester City: Hadler, Thomas (capt), Hall, Avery, Cundy, Mullings, Hanks, Webb, Kotwica, Parker (Chambers 79’), Williams

Subs not used: Page, Morford, Parselle, King

Hampton & Richmond: Howes, Collier, Casey, Cook (capt), Darling, Jolley, Kretzschamer, McAuley, Culley (Moss 65’), Hudson-Odoi (Kiernan 79’), Napa

Subs not used: Crawford, Kiernan, Moss, Mbo, Kamba

Referee: Wayne Cartmel

Attendance: 217

Star man: Lewis Hall

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