Harrogate Town missed the chance to go level on points with league leaders Solihull Moors as they were frustrated against a resolute Gloucester City defence.\r\n\r\nWith the slow tempo grasping hold of the game in the early going, Ed Williams tried to inject some life into proceedings but he was hacked down by Mason Warren.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers focus was clearly down the right flank as Tom Webb beat Warren and got to the byline before crossing, but it was well cleared away.\r\n\r\nWarren Burrell found the ball somewhat fortuitously at his feet 18 yards out and, with little time to react, poked a volley straight at Jasbir Singh.\r\n\r\nSingh was called into further action moments later after he sprung away to his left to parry away a glancing header from Paul Clayton that was destined for the net.\r\n\r\nTown’s main marksman Brendon Daniels, who has found the net 14 times this campaign, struck a free kick from 30 yards straight into the arms of Singh, who watched it all the way.\r\n\r\nThe best chance of the half then came as Daniels crossed into the danger area. His ball was blocked and it fell to Thewlis whose shot was deflected behind for a corner.\r\n\r\nThen came the Tigers best opportunity of the first period as Parker chested on the edge before scuffing a volley wide of the mark.\r\n\r\nThe half time interval brought the chance for Tim Harris to change things up as Bobbie Dale entered the fray, replacing Joe Parker.\r\n\r\nDale was very nearly immediately involved as Hanks tried to play a deft through ball to his fellow Cheltenham Town loanee, although he was being held yet the referee appeared not to see it.\r\n\r\nLloyd Kerry worked himself some space on the edge of the area but he could only shoot straight at Singh.\r\n\r\nWilliams cut the ball inside onto his right foot before curling an effort towards goal that was left by Crook, as it hit the stanchion and fell into the side netting, with most fans in the ground thinking it had gone in.\r\n\r\nKerry then found himself with a great opportunity as the ball fell kindly for him to volley goalwards, but it was blocked by Avery and behind for a corner.\r\n\r\nHall then danced around four Town defenders as he worked himself into the box before forcing Peter Crook into his first real save of the game.\r\n\r\nCity’s defence began to come under immense pressure as they became virtually camped in their own penalty area, but the back line, which has conceded the second fewest goals in the division, held firm.\r\n\r\nWith time running out, Daniels had the chance to break the deadlock from a dangerous free kick after he was scythed down by Mike Green. He stepped up but ultimately blazed over and that, unfortunately for Harrogate, was that.\r\n\r\nHarrogate Town: Crook, Turner, Warren, Burrell (Platt 75), Ellis (capt), McGurk, Emmett (Colbeck 64), Kerry, Clayton, Thewlis (Wayne 75), Daniels.\r\n\r\nSubs not used: Gascoigne, Foster\r\n\r\nGloucester City: Singh, Green, Jones, Cundy, Avery, Knowles, Webb (capt), Hanks, Williams (Sterling-James 78), Parker (Dale 46), Hall.\r\n\r\nSubs not used: Richards, Clarke, Hamilton\r\n\r\nReferee: Paul Marsden.\r\n\r\nAttendance: 802.\r\n\r\nStar man: Sam Avery.

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