City saved by Wilson stunner
SCOTT Wilson's superb strike secured Gloucester City a replay after an enthralling FA Cup tie against Havant and Waterlooville yesterday.
Dennis Oli had opened the scoring for the Hampshire side early in second half, with City chasing the equaliser they needed.
It could have been even better for the Tigers but Jake Newton cleared Darren Mullings' header off the line with two minutes remaining.
The Tigers began the better and after a positive cross from Jamie Edge, Scott Wilson couldn't find the ball as it was plucked out of the air by Hawks goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimmons.
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With possession at a premium during the early moments of the contest, chances were restricted to distance, and Lewis Hogg unleashed a storming effort that shot inches over the bar from 25 yards out.
The battling midfielder tested Fitzsimmons, on loan from Premier League side Crystal Palace, again with a free-kick to the back post.
There was controversy after half an hour with goalkeeper Mike Green bringing down Hawks striker Dennis Oli in the area, but no penalty was given.
The best opportunity of an increasingly open half fell to Will Morford after a fantastic corner from Hogg found the forward free in the area, but his header was placed a yard wide.
The Hampshire side attempted to gain a stranglehold heading into half-time with Christian Nanetti blasting an audacious free-kick attempt from 35 yards out, followed by a free header for Oli that sailed over the bar.
The visitors made the breakthrough on 58 minutes with Christian Nanetti stepping down the left-hand side and directing a weighted ball into the path of Oli who smashed home.
It was City's turn to decry a penalty decision soon after with Matt Groves hacked down in the area, only for a free-kick to be given much to the anger of the squad.
From the resulting set piece Matt Coupe worked Fitzsimmons from close range.
Darren Mullings came inches from equalising after a Lewis Hogg knockdown, but his run was a split second late as it passed the midfielder at the back post.
Then came Wilson's time to shine as a stunning through ball from Hogg found the pacy striker who unleashed a wonderful strike past the keeper for the equaliser.
An enthralling encounter developed with both sides throwing all they had at one another, making it a proper cup tie.
The Tigers had a golden opportunity through the goalscorer Wilson who tried to chip over Fitzsimmons, but the effort hit the keeper in the face and deflected away.
A frenetic end to the game ensued with the Tigers bombarding the Hawks goal and after Liddiard had headed back across the goal, Mullings' powerful header was hacked around the post by Jake Newton.
The replay will take place at Havant and Waterlooville's Westleigh Park tomorrow.
Gloucester City: M Green, J Edge (Liddiard 58), T Weir, M Coupe, J Harris, T Webb, L Hogg, D Mullings, W Morford, S Wilson (Parker 83), M Groves. Subs not used: N. Phillips, D. Edwards, S. Turl, N. Mustoe.
Havant and Waterlooville: R. Fitzsimmons, J. Newton, D. Blanchett, P. Montiero, R. Woodford, E. Harris (Strugnell 12), P. Ryan, N. Atangara (Przespolewski 68), D. Oli (Jones 62), C. Nanetti, N. Ciardini. Subs not used: C. Searle, S. Kabba, A. Harris, E. Hutchinson.