Needless red for Hogg adds insult to defeat for Gloucester City
Gloucester City 0
IT ALL fell apart in the last ten minutes with a late goal and a daft red card as Gloucester threw away a valuable point at the Butchers Arms.
There wasn't much that could be done about Adam Evans' 84th minute strike, a superb shot from outside the box that flew into the net.
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However, questions will be asked about how Lewis Hogg picked up two bookings within the space of a minute, while the game was paused before a free kick.
In a blustery first half neither side had much in the way of chances in front of goal.
Evans should have done better when keeper Mike Green was hesitant coming off his line on the quarter hour mark, but the Droylsden man could only shoot wide.
Will Morford scuffed a half chance at the other end moments later after being played in by Tom Webb.
Green was slow off his line again on 22 minutes but had his blushes spared by a late block from new signing Chris Holland.
Green's defender namesake had a shot saved on the half hour mark after collecting a neat pull back from Steve Davies as City failed to really trouble Lewis Fielding before the break.
Both keepers had more to do in the second half, with Fielding in action to collect a cross-cum-shot from Webb early on.
At the other end Antonio Bryan fired over the bar as both sides tried to make the breakthrough.
Substitute Joe O'Neill was handed two chances on 62 minutes, his first shot blocked neatly back to his feet by Tom Hamblin before keeper Green got his hands to the second.
Droylsden's goal came against the run of play with Evans darting down the left and shooting from outside the box, under Green and into the back of the net.
Minutes later Hogg petulantly threw the ball at the referee's feet earning himself a yellow. And before the free kick awarded to Droylsden was even taken he had earned himself a second, and his second red card of the season.
Without Hogg in the centre City looked unsettled and did well to cling on until the final whistle.
Gloucester City: M Green, M Green, C Holland (S Rawlings 81) M Coupe, T Hamblin, T Webb, L Hogg, J Tilson, S Davies, W Morford, J Harris (A Corrick 66). Subs: B Hunt, G Washbourne, M Liddiard
Droylsden: L Fielding, L Kilheen (C Mayo 76) C Logan, A Coleman, N Kerr, R Sissons, L Rick, A Evans, V Mukendi (M Phemix 66) A Bryan (J O'Neill 61), J Yoffe. Subs: A Langford, A Robertson
Referee : M Parry
Star man: Mike Green (goalkeeper)