THE last time Gloucester City and Forest Green met the Tigers had a home ground, Rovers wore black and white stripes and both clubs were in the Southern League.\r\n\r\nBut thanks to two goals from substitute Nathan Modest the two Gloucestershire rivals will resume hostilities in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday week.\r\n\r\nModest struck twice in the second half either side of goals for Luke Neville and Max Worsforld as Staines Town hit back from a two-goal deficit and threaten extra time.\r\n\r\nCity had taken the lead through a stunning goal from George Miller who, like Modest was striking for the first time in a yellow and black shirt.\r\n\r\nWithout a hint of the drama that would envelop the second half, the first period started at a frenetic pace with precious little quality on show.\r\n\r\nThe lively Joe Parker threatened to get in behind the visiting defence on a number of occasions but the final ball was lacking – as was any real entertainment value.\r\n\r\nThat all changed in the 28th minute as former Accrington Stanley midfield maestro Miller lit up the game with an outstanding goal.\r\n\r\nPicking up the ball on the left corner of the penalty area, Miller cut inside two defenders and appeared hell-bent on working a shooting opportunity on the edge of the D.\r\n\r\nHis meandering run complete, he took aim and fired an unerring shot past a helpless Jack Turner and into the top left hand corner of his net.\r\n\r\nSam Avery’s buccaneering run almost saw City head into the break with a two-goal advantage, but after Hoovering up the ground, the right-back was narrowly off target with his low cross-shot.\r\n\r\nIt didn’t take long for the Tigers to double their advantage.\r\n\r\nThrown on after the break to replace Parker, Modest had already given notice of the threat he would pose the Swans defence, before scoring a superb second goal.\r\n\r\nBilly Jones’ accurate ball from deep found Charlie Griffin and his excellent lay-off was matched by the accuracy of Modest’s daisy-cutter from 20 yards, which kissed the post before finding the net.\r\n\r\nThe goal was met with almost wild celebrations from the City bench, who no doubt felt that the tie was dead and buried at 2-0.\r\n\r\nThey were soon made to sweat as Neville rose almost unopposed to thump a header from a left-wing corner into the stanchion of the netting to make it game on with more than 35 minutes to go.\r\n\r\nLouie Theophanous fired over almost immediately after a good run from Danny Bassett as a nervy City contemplated throwing a dream position away.\r\n\r\nThey could have made things much easier for themselves had Matt Groves’ glancing header from Chris Jones’ cross drifted in, or if Griffin had not wasted a glorious chance to put the tie to bed.\r\n\r\nTaking advantage of a wild miss-kick from Staines defender Chris M’Boungou, City’s top scorer was presented with a gilt-edged chance on the penalty spot, only for Turner to produce a stunning save.\r\n\r\nIt looked as though it would be a match-saving stop when, with just 12 minutes to go, Sam Avery misjudged a Eviraldo Felix cross from the right and Staines skipper Worlsford headed home.\r\n\r\nHowever, City were not to be denied their derby day of fun in the fourth qualifying round and Modest made himself a cult hero with the winner with just three minutes remaining.\r\n\r\nTom Webb’s cross from the right was met by the on-rushing Groves and it fell perfectly for Modest to swivel on a sixpence and fire himself in to City folklore.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: (4-4-2) P White; S Avery, M Williams, S Hamilton, B Jones; C Jones (M Richards, 65), T Webb, G Miller, M Groves; C Griffin (A Mann, 83), J Parker (N Modest, 46).\r\n\r\nSubs not used: M Green, L Hogg, H Rivers.\r\n\r\nStaines Town: (4-3-3) J Turner; E Felix, J Ifil, C M’Boungou, L Neville;  B Pasaj (S Ngamvoulou, 52) A Lodge, M Worlsford; D Bassett, L Theophanous (C McAllister 57), E Buchanan.\r\n\r\nSubs not used: H Churchill, J Aribo, C Willock, A Okuleye.\r\n\r\nReferee: O Yates\r\n\r\nAtt: 405\r\n\r\nStar man: Nathan Modest.

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