THE BULLS shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with League Two, Cheltenham Town, in what was another valuable pre-season work-out.

It was The Bulls that threatened first when Reece Styche fed Jordan Nicholson whose low strike was well saved by Scott Flinders.

At the other end, Ryan Broom put in an inviting cross which Luke Varney headed goalwards, but Brandon Hall was equal to it.

Some neat link-up play between Rowan Liburd and Styche saw the latter get in an effort that was saved before Jason Pope was forced out of the action early on to be replaced by Jacob Jagger-Cane.

It was the visitors who took the lead when a corner found Will Boyle who adjusted his feet well before firing into the net.

Just before the half-hour, Boyle and Josh Debayo linked up well to set up Varney who dragged his effort wide of the target.

There was a great chance for Liburd after he was played through by Simeon Maye, but as he rounded the ‘keeper, the covering defender, Grant Horton, was on hand to clear off the line.

We finally levelled matters with 42 minutes on the clock when Nicholson showed good willingness to win the ball and find Rowan Liburd who in turn teed up Styche to lift the ball over the ‘keeper and into the net.

Parity didn’t last long, though, as our visitors regained the lead on the stroke of half-time courtesy of former Bull, George Lloyd.

The early action of the second period saw Maye’s free-kick pick out the head of Jordan Cullinane-Liburd but his effort flew over the crossbar.

It wasn’t long before Cullinane-Liburd got his goal as he planted a firm header into the back of the net following a corner to make it 2-2 with 53 minutes on the clock.

The Bulls were seeing plenty of the ball and playing some neat possession football at times. There was a chance for Keiran Thomas as he cut inside but dragged his effort just wide before Styche was unlucky as he let fly from distance and clipped the post.

With Mike Symons, Kyle Finn and Liam Bishop introduced into the action, we continued to look the most likely side, although Josh Gowling had to be alert to intercept a long through-ball which looked to set Archie Brennan racing away.

There was another timely intervention, this time from Jagger-Cane as the visitors looked to nick it towards the end.

Having picked up a knock, Maye was forced out of the action late on as Rhys Davies took his place as the game ended with honours even in what was another valuable work-out for The Bulls.

THE BULLS: Hall, Pope (Jagger-Cane 15), Riley, Thomas, Cullinane-Liburd, Gowling, Nicholson (Finn 73), Maye (Davies 86), Liburd (Bishop 80), Styche (Symons 73), Trialist. Subs: Kamillo, Powell.

GOAL(S): Styche, Cullinane-Liburd

ATTENDANCE: 648 (66 visiting supporters)

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