Gloucester City were held to a draw against Staines Town after substitute Bajram Pashaj’s deflected effort late forced an FA Cup Third Qualifying Round replay. \r\n\r\nAt the end of a momentous week for the club, it was fitting that one of the Tiger’s finest youth academy graduates, Joe Parker, on-loan from Newport County, lashed home City’s opener.\r\n\r\nBut in an even game, expected for a game between the Conference North and Conference South 21st placed teams, Pashaj equalised to salvage the Swans a replay at Whaddon Road on Tuesday night.\r\n\r\nOn a rare trip south for Tim Harris’ Tigers, only a brilliant Spencer Hamilton goal-line clearance kept the score level after Elliott Buchanan’s header from a corner.\r\n\r\nAlthough, the Tigers looked the busier as both Matt Williams and George Miller both peppered Jack Turner’s goal.\r\n\r\nCity’s three man attack created a lovely chance just shy of the half hour as a deft Matt Groves touch found Charlie Griffin who almost played Parker the perfect ball.\r\n\r\nFormer Accrington Stanley midfielder Miller was the City engine and was almost rewarded but saw a wicked effort deflected wide.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers were rewarded for their efforts as Adam Connolly lashed a stunning effort onto the crossbar, and Parker was the first to react and buried the ball in the top of the net.\r\n\r\nStaines attempted to equalise quickly but Chris M’Boungou headed yards over the bar.\r\n\r\nWith Harris’ side still holding the advantage, Griffin came inches from doubling the lead after a teasing ball from Tom Webb.\r\n\r\nThe Swans could’ve easily levelled on the hour after Paul White and Matt Williams hesitated to see Danny Bassett nip in to chip agonisingly wide.\r\n\r\nJoe Parker, forever a nuisance during the game, forced Jack Turner into a stunning double save from two yards out.\r\n\r\nSubstitute Danny Bassett flashed an effort over the bar, and Erivaldo Felix cleared from Groves as both sides looked for a goal.\r\n\r\nBut, it was Staines who managed to score and equalised through the right foot of Pashaj who saw his effort deflected past White into the net.\r\n\r\nLewis Hogg came on for the Tigers and saw a string of shots forced away by the hosts and Parker swiftly turned for a half-volley straight into Turner’s arms.\r\n\r\nWith four minutes added on, neither side displayed any real urgency as captain Max Worsfold blasted over and referee Ian Cooper called time, which means a replay on Tuesday night for the Vanarama strugglers.\r\n\r\nStaines Town: J. Turner, E. Felix, M. Worsfold, L. Neville, C. M’Boungou (B. Pashaj 61), J.Ifil, A. Lodge, S. Ngamvoulou, L. Theophanous, E. Buchanan (J. Aribo 74), C. Willock (D. Bassett 55)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: H. Churchill, A. Okuleye, C. McAllister, A. Gaffney\r\n\r\nGoals: Pashaj 77\r\n\r\nGloucester City: P. White, S. Avery, B. Jones, S. Hamilton, M. Williams, A. Connolly (L. Hogg 53), G. Miller (A. Mann 76), T. Webb, C. Griffin, J. Parker, M. Groves (M. Green 84)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: C. Jones, N. Modest, H. Rivers\r\n\r\nGoals: Parker 38\r\n\r\nAttendance: 387

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