Gloucester City endured yet another defeat in the Vanarama North after an eight-goal rollercoaster against Stockport County.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers looked dead and buried after an hour with Richie Baker, Chris Sharp, Jamie Milligan and Lee Stevenson placing the Hatters in a seemingly unassailable four goal lead.\r\n\r\nHowever, in a mad final 12 minutes Charlie Griffin and Lewis Hogg scored two quick goals, only Kristian Dennis to net a sumptuous fifth.\r\n\r\nThe scoring wasn’t finished as Griffin tucked home from close range, as well as missing an open goal, but the afternoon was capped off with Hogg lunging for the ball in the area and gaining a straight red card.\r\n\r\nIn 90 minutes it summed up City’s Jekyll and Hyde season so far, impressive for stints but lacklustre in others.\r\n\r\nThe talismanic Griffin almost opened the scoring after 10 minutes, smashing an effort after good run from Matt Groves.\r\n\r\nCity then had the ball in the net, Griffin tapping home but Groves was adjudged to have been in an offside position in the build-up.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers paid the price just before the half hour mark as Baker rose highest to bury his header into Paul White’s net.\r\n\r\nThe ex-Football League mainstays continued a bombardment of the Tigers goal, and just before the break the resistance was broken once more as Sharp outmuscled Marc Richards and slotted a brilliant goal into the far post.\r\n\r\nReferee Peter Gibbons took centre stage early in the second period as Sam Avery was ruled to have felled Kristian Dennis in the area, a decision that seemed generous; but captain Milligan tucked home.\r\n\r\nThree became four as Stevenson managed to get the better of Matt Williams to tuck an angled effort into the far corner, City were on the ropes and looking at a hiding.\r\n\r\nFour down and with nothing to lose, City had the ball in the net again, but this time Griffin was the guilty party after fouling goalkeeper Danny Hurst.\r\n\r\nBaker came inches from a fifth for the Edgeley Park outfit, but lashed onto the post from six yards.\r\n\r\nThis let-off gave the Tigers some late impetus and started an unlikely comeback in the 78th minute with Griffin heading a fantastic Chris Jones cross from close range.\r\n\r\nQuickly, the lead was cut again, this time Hogg knocked down a header from a corner as the home side started to become anxious.\r\n\r\nBut, just as quickly as hope was rebuilding, Dennis tucked away a composed fifth to seal the victory.\r\n\r\nThat wasn’t the end of the scoring as Griffin slotted a second in the six yard box, but then conspired to miss a bread and butter header for what would’ve been his hat-trick.\r\n\r\nThe drama wasn’t over though as Hogg was dismissed for a late lunge on Hurst as the Tigers spent the remaining seconds with ten men.\r\n\r\nStockport County: D. Hurst, M. Lees, S. Duxbury (J. Fagbola 49), C. Churchman, D. Gregson (T. Moses 77), S. O’Halloran, R. Baker (N. Woolfe 71), L. Stevenson, K. Dennis, J. Milligan, C. Sharp\r\n\r\nSubs not used: S. Spencer, I. Ormson\r\n\r\nGoals: Baker 28, Sharp 42, Milligan (pen) 48, Stevenson 52, Dennis 85\r\n\r\nGloucester City: P. White, S. Avery (S. Hamilton 62), B. Jones, M. Richards, M. Williams, A. Connolly, L. Hogg, T. Webb, C. Griffin, G. Miller (C. Jones 62), M. Groves\r\n\r\nSubs not used: H Rivers, N. Modest, W. Greenwood\r\n\r\nGoals: Griffin 78, 88 Hogg 82\r\n\r\nAttendance: 2,691

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