Gloucester City: Hogg stunner boosts Tigers
LEWIS Hogg's superb solo effort secured Gloucester City a draw in a highly-competitive final pre-season friendly at Bishop's Cleeve.
A mix-and-match starting 11 for the Tigers had come undone early with defender Sam Rawlings deflecting a Jacob Morgan cross into the back of the net.
However, the game finished level as both sides head into their league season on Saturday, with City travelling to face North Ferriby United and Cleeve going to Bridgwater Town.
The Mitres started at a breezy pace and caught the Tigers' makeshift defence sleeping after Morgan had sped around the back.
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The former Cheltenham Town scholar smashed a ball into the area and it deflected off Rawlings into the back of the net.
Mikey Davis then tried his hand at scoring, but after jinking past Darren Mullings his effort failed to trouble Mike Green.
The early onslaught kept on coming with the impressive Morgan unleashing an effort, only to be thwarted by Green again.
City started to feel their way into the contest with Scott Wilson lobbing goalkeeper Jamie Moore, but the ball went just wide of the far post.
This was quickly followed by City trialist Kassim Suleman fluffing his lines in front of goal and smashing over from close range after a cross from Hogg.
The pressure soon paid off with Hogg drilling home from 20 yards after a sensational ball from new signing Jamie Edge bewildered the Mitres defence.
The City midfielder flicked the ball inside the challenge of Alex Hoyle and picked his spot from the angle to give Moore no chance.
The open first half saw chances galore and Michael Jackson was unlucky to see his effort superbly stopped from Green, who maintained his impressive pre-season form.
The second half began in a similar vein as Wilson shot wide after good work from Jack Harris from the back.
Substitute Darren Edwards was given a gilt-edged chance after Will Morford had burst down the left wing, he crossed to the striker who had a gaping goal but only the slightest of touches from Turley deflected it wide.
The following two corners saw magnificent defending from Mitres skipper Matt Williams, who deflected headers from Harris and Edwards spectacularly off the line.
Josh Kennedy then became the Cleeve defensive hero after Joe Parker's effort from close range in the midst of a scramble in the six-yard box.
Substitute goalkeeper Nathan Phillips was then called into action late on to save Turley's lashed effort from inside the area.
The clock was running out but the Tigers had one final chance with Edwards seeing his effort cleared off the line, yet again, by Williams who kept the Mitres level for a third time.
Bishops Cleeve: J Moore (L Barnfather, 63); A Hoyle, M Williams, J Kennedy, L Binns: J Turley, M Jackson, L Sheehan, J Morgan (J Fairburn 72); M Davis (C Hale 60), R Denton (M Sholly 63).
Gloucester City: MJ Green, N Mustoe (T Weir, 45), D Mullings (T Webb 56), J Edge (D Edwards 56), S Rawlings (J Parker 51); S Wilson, M Liddiard, J Lee (J Harris 45), L Hogg; K Suleman (M Coupe 45), W Morford.