BRADFORD (Park Avenue) came back from 3-1 down to almost nick all three points in their 4-4 draw at Vanarama National League North table toppers Gloucester City.

After initially taking the lead through Lewis Knight, Gloucester responded with three quick strikes.

Jake Hibbs narrowed the scoring going into the break before Harry Boyes and Jordan Windass gave the visitors a surprise lead.

On the hour mark, the favourites levelled and it was nip and tuck until the end.

It was breathtaking stuff right from the first whistle with Liam Daly striking the post for the hosts in the opening minute.

Five minutes later, Knight put Bradford in front. The forward played a one-two with Nicky Clee from a corner on the left before bending a superb effort into the far post.

Gloucester responded in lighting fashion by bagging a trio in eight minutes. Firstly, star man Akwasi Asante latched onto the rebound produced from Dan Atkinson's save of Matt McClure's effort.

Atkinson was at fault for City's second, a couple of minutes later. The Avenue stopper misjudged Gavin Gunning's deep cross which allowed McClure to net at the far post.

Asante doubled his tally when Windass handled in the box. The former Chester striker dispatched the penalty with ease.

Hibbs excellently kept his composure to halve the deficit. Omar Sanyang found the midfielder who was left with an empty net to aim at.

The 24-year-old patiently waited to set himself and, with Rhys Lovett back in his goal and two defenders on the line, calmly side footed into the top corner.

Mark Bower must have instilled a certain amount of confident at half time as his men grabbed an equaliser in the 46th minute.

Although, it was down to individual brilliance. Loanee Harry Boyes showed what Sheffield United have on their books with a 25-yard piledriver which was pass Lovett in a flash.

The visitors were not finished there either. Windass gave them the lead again thanks to a low drive from the right into the opposite corner.

It would not to be back-to-back away wins though. Kevin Dawson's cross was headed in at close range by Bernard Mensah.

Finally, it was a fantastic save from Atkinson's feet that stopped the hosts capturing the winner.

Bower will be hoping for this free flowing play in front of goal to continue, albeit with a tighter defence ahead of Tuesday night's hosting of Southport.