An experimental Gloucester City squad, featuring two separate elevens for each half, were held to a stalemate by County League champions Longlevens on Monday evening.\r\n\r\nWith the chop-and-change nature of the friendly, the game failed to flow and chances were at a premium throughout.\r\n\r\nFor the Tigers, the best chance saw Darren Edwards header strike the crossbar in after a teasing delivery from new signing Matt Groves, but that was as good as it got as David Mehew starts his march towards the club’s fifth consecutive Conference North campaign.\r\n\r\nOn a sweltering evening at the Saw Mills ground in Barnwood, a youthful Tigers outfit began well with England schoolboys’ talent Lewis Binns impressing at left back.\r\n\r\nAfter a tentative opening half hour Scott Wilson had the first chance of note but the newly signed striker hesitated and shot wide after good work from Jack Harris.\r\n\r\nLonglevens pressurised the inexperienced City backline and Josh Westcarr manoeuvred and came close to scoring before the break but saw his snapshot sail wide.\r\n\r\nThis was quickly followed by a cannoned shot from Longlevens smashing into Harris, which certainly would’ve troubled Nathan Phillips in goal had it not been blocked.\r\n\r\nEdwards struck the crossbar before the break, with Groves sprinting down the left wing, however the striker caught it at an awkward angle and just clipped the top of the bar over the outstretched arm of Jake Underwood.\r\n\r\nThe second half saw a smorgasbord of substitutes, and basically created a whole new ball game.\r\n\r\nThe exercise was proving worthwhile for Mehew though with over a dozen City youngsters donning the yellow and black for the first time.\r\n\r\nJoe Parker looked lively as he showed his first team credentials with teasing runs down the right wing tormenting the County League side on numerous occasions.\r\n\r\nThe home side were pressurising more during the second half with Ryan Dunn and Dave Merrick seeing their chances from outside the box go wide.\r\n\r\nA nicely weighted ball from Joe Smith found its way to Liam Antonio-Orchard for the Tigers, but after cutting inside, the winger’s shot trickled into the keeper’s arms.\r\n\r\nThe contest petered out late on for a stalemate, but it was a good exercise for both sides heading into the 2013/14 season.\r\n\r\nA Tiger’s XI will be facing Brislington on Friday evening, followed by a full City squad travelling to Whaddon Road on Saturday to face Cheltenham Town.\r\n\r\nLonglevens: J. Underwood, L. Kavanagh, C. Beaton , E. Smyllie, J. Dunn (R. Workman 45), S. Loveys (J. Ellmore 45), N. Humphreys (K. Griffiths 45), D. Rich (A. Phillips 45), D. Merrick, J. Westcarr (Rich Dunn 45), Ryan Dunn \r\n\r\nGloucester City: S. Sparrow (N. Phillips 30 (A. Taylor 60)), S. Rawlings (T. Weir 45), L. Binns (K. Tracey 45), J. Harris (MF Green 45), N. Perkins (J. Smith 45), J. Tumulty (L. Hogg 45), S. Wilson (L. Antonio-Orchard 45), M. Liddiard (J. Lee 45), D. Edwards (J. Parker 45), D. Campbell (M. Purnell 45), M. Groves (J. Morgan 45)\r\n\r\nAttendance: 180

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