A GOALLESS draw at Gloucester City saw the home side gain a vital point to climb out of the relegation places, but it left Bradford (Park Avenue) stuck in 18th - two places above the National League North drop zone.

Gloucester started the first half as they meant to go on - and had the first chance of a goal, in the sixth minute, when an attack, half cleared, saw a half volley cannon off the bar.

Gloucester had the next chance too, on 19 minutes, and almost scored before the referee stopped play when a 50/50 challenge left Isaac Marriott down.

Less than five minutes later, the home side were at it again - first with a break down the right that proved no problem, then with a cross - again from the right - resulting in a well-defended corner.

Avenue responded with a decent period of play, resulting in their first chance at goal, in the 34th minute. A ball into the box from Ryan Toulson was headed just wide by Dylan Mottley-Henry.

Soon after, Mottley-Henry danced through the Gloucester defence following a free kick but was brought down.

Gloucester had the last chance of the first half, but the home fans’ celebrations proved premature when the ball hit the post and landed in Johnny Saltmer’s hands.

Avenue made one change at half-time - with Adam Nowakowski coming on for Toulson.

Their first chance came just eight minutes after the restart, when Nowakowski’s flick was to Isaac Marriott, who teed up Nicky Clee - but the shot went wide.

Brad Dockerty replaced Luke Rawson after 62 minutes, shortly before a booking for Marriott.

Avenue’s last chance came in the 78th minute, when a cross in from Mottley-Henry failed to connect with Nowakowski or Akeel Francis.

Gloucester hit the woodwork once more before the end, but the game finished with both teams picking up a point apiece.