Gloucester City came from behind to earn a good point away at National League North newcomers Salford City, with Joe Parker the ‘super sub’.\r\n\r\nSalford came out of the blocks with a point to prove as the league new boys, with Matt Warburton scuffing a tame shot straight at Jasbir Singh.\r\n\r\nJoe Hanks was causing trouble in midfield as he drove forward with intent before curling a left footed effort towards the top corner. However, the strike lacked any real power and Jay Lynch plucked it out of the air with ease.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers then began to use their experience at National League North level to frustrate the hosts, forcing Salford into a lot of long ball play, which wasn’t pleasing the fans of the Manchester club.\r\n\r\nLooking to break away from the long ball style, Mike Phenix took the ball in his stride before dribbling to the byline, but his cross was poor and into the side netting.\r\n\r\nSoaking up the pressure was proving effective for City as they broke away with Hanks, but Michael Nottingham got back well to recover.\r\n\r\nFrom the ensuing throw in, however, Luke Hopper got up really well to head towards goal from the penalty spot, but the effort had no real pace on it and Lynch was not troubled.\r\n\r\nSomehow City survived as Singh parried a header at the back post by Warburton before Priestley followed in to tap in to an empty but Singh scrambled across to complete a stupendous double save.\r\n\r\nSalford continued from the break as they left off in the first half, with Spencer Hamilton called into making a great defensive tackle in the area to nick the ball off Phenix who had a clear route to goal.\r\n\r\nIt didn’t take long for the hosts to get the breakthrough though, as a long ball came over the right flank to Allen. He then squared to Poole who had an easy finish past Singh.\r\n\r\nSalford should have doubled their lead and Poole should have had his second as he finessed a shot towards the top corner but it cannoned off the bar and away.\r\n\r\nJoe Parker was then introduced into the Tigers attack and he made an immediate impact, grabbing the equaliser through a lovely solo effort.\r\n\r\nPicking the ball up on the halfway line, Parker saw the gap in the Salford defence. After knocking the ball ahead of him, Parker only had Lynch to beat and he duly obliged, slotting the ball through his legs.\r\n\r\nThe game died down into a lull, with neither side creating any real chances but Salford should have nicked it at the death but for an unbelievable save at the near post by Singh to deny Nottingham’s venomous flick-on.\r\n\r\nSalford were denied penalty claims at the death after O’Halloran went over very theatrically under a challenge by Thomas.\r\n\r\nNeither side could get the winning goal though and the Tigers kick-off their campaign with a credible draw to the league newcomers.\r\n\r\nSalford City: Lynch, Nottingham, O’Halloran, Burton, Grand (capt), Priestley, King, Warburton, Phenix (Hulme 74’), Poole, Allen (Walker 79’)\r\n\r\nSubs: Clark, Barnes, Livesey\r\n\r\nGloucester City: Singh, Thomas, Odiero (Hall 83’), Hamilton, Deaman, Knowles, Hanks, Webb (capt), Reid (Dinsley 85’), Hopper, Williams (Parker 58’)\r\n\r\nSubs: Avery, Richards\r\n\r\nReferee: D. McNamara\r\n\r\nAttendance: 1074\r\n\r\nStar man: Jasbir Singh

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