A DRAMATIC finale saw three points snatched away from Chippenham Town by visiting Gloucester City on Saturday.

David Pratt’s super drive appeared to have given The Bluebirds the win in the 92nd minute, only for Andy Keveren to snatch a point for The Tigers two minutes later.

Pitcher had given Gloucester the lead just after the break before Lewis Powell notched a scrappy debut goal 15 minutes from time.

Adie Mings made two changes to the side that lost 3-2 to Clevedon Town. Sam Allison was injured and Kye Holly was suspended, so in came Powell and fellow new boy Shaun Lamb.

Early on David Pratt rejected the chance to play in Scott Lye and instead smashed wide from 25 yards.

A rare Chris Snoddy error almost let Will Morford open the scoring, but the Gloucester man was thwarted by the recovering stopper.

Morford had another crack at goal two minutes later but his shot was off-target, and Lee Smith ballooned over soon after.

The Bluebirds were looking increasingly vulnerable and sloppy play from Pratt allowed Smith to pick out Jack Pitcher, and again Chippenham were let off by a poor finish.

Ross Adams made a last ditch clearance off the line on 29 minutes and the game petered out towards the break.

Ashley Williams vainly tried to net from range before Smith went came within inches with a curling effort a minute before half time.

Gloucester made the ideal start to the second half when a swift counter-attack led to Morford delivering a low cross, which Pitcher poked under Snoddy on the stretch.

Chippenham improved in the aftermath of the goal but were still not creating clear chances, and they required Snoddy to keep them in it just after the hour, when he saved well from Pitcher.

The leveller arrived in the 75th minute in controversial circumstances. A Sean Seavill corner was flicked on by Adams and in the melee Powell launched a scissors kick goalward.

Goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer blocked but Powell had another stab at the ball and it was judged to have crossed the line, much to the fury of the visiting side.

Four minutes from time Adams crashed to the deck after seeming to be struck by Tom Webb off the ball, but nothing was given.

The Bluebirds appeared to have the game won in the second minute of injury time. Pratt picked up the ball in his own half and dribbled forward at speed before hammering into the corner of the net.

But in the fourth minute of added time Gloucester ensured they took a share of the spoils. The visitors seized on a loose pass and the ball was moved wide to Smith, whose cross was directed home by Keveren from close range.

Chippenham boss Adie Mings said: “We weren’t as fluent as we normally are in the first half. I think Gloucester put us under a bit of pressure.

“We conceded a sloppy goal but after that I thought we took the game to them and played reasonably well.

“I thought we’d gone and nicked it but they went up the other end and showed their true worth.

“You’re never more vulnerable than when you’ve just scored and that proved to be the case, but I’m more than pleased with the way the lads applied themselves.

“The thing about us as a side now is we’re very dogged, very determined and don’t give up easily, even when things aren’t going our way.”