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MATCH REPORT | BRACKNELL TOWN [H]

Gloucester City remain unbeaten after today's two goal a piece draw against visitors Bracknell Town in the third pre-season friendly of the 2023/24 campaign.


City keeper Liam Armstrong punted a long ball up the field, which after a bit of wind assistance, flew over the Bracknell defence and through to Danny Wright who found himself one-on-one with the keeper, however his shot went just wide of the post.


The start of the first half was a fairly tight one, with both sides getting a share of the chances and on the 24th minute, Bracknell should have been 1-0 up. Robins full-back Ethan Burden flashed the ball across the City box, however Ben Harris' effort flew over the bar.


Tim Flowers' side came back fighting, Harry Williams found himself inside the box with the ball at his feet, but he could only find the Bracknell keeper, who made himself big at the right time.


Nonetheless, in the 32nd minute Williams put his mistake right, putting his head on the end of Harry Pinchard's cross, heading home past Michael Eacott, to put his side ahead.


Gloucester kept knocking on the door and it wasn't long until the second came, with Danny Wright heading home another Joe Parker cross after a brilliant sliding challenge from Williams started the move.


The Robins' responded well when City failed to clear their lines from an edge of the box free kick, the ball fell to Trialist two, who rifled his shot across Armstrong to get one back for the visitors.


Bracknell had the first chance of the second half, Ashley Lodge's cross found the head of Massimo Giamattei at the back post, but the header flashed through a crowded six yard box and just wide of the post.


Shortly after, The Tigers defence found themselves out of position when the visitors posed a counter attack, a trialist found himself trying to round Armstrong in goal however the strong hand of the City number one got down and palmed it away.


Bracknell were definitely the better side in the second half, creating more and testing City's back line, but just could not seem to find the back of the net.


Youngster Felix Miles had an instant impact after coming on off the bench, somehow keeping the ball when surrounded, picking out Parker who had just Eacott in the way of the net, but the chance went begging when he flashed the half volley past the near post.


The Robins continued to pressure the hosts and eventually, the defence caved. The ball fell nicely to Burden on the edge of the box, who drilled the ball past Armstrong and into the bottom right corner, to level proceedings.


City continue their pre-season preparation on Tuesday night, with a home tie against Oxford City.






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