THE FA Cup dream is still alive for Worcester City, but they will have to do it all again tomorrow night (Tuesday) after Saturday’s (October 11) 1-1 draw at Leamington.
Nick Wright scored the only goal of the first half to deservedly send City into the break one up and bag his third of the campaign in the process.
But the Third Qualifying Round tie, which could have seen either team steal it late on, was sent to a replay when Dan Newton smashed home seven minutes into the second period.
A dominant opening to the game from Carl Heeley’s men was rewarded when Wright received the ball from Daniel Nti, turned his man on the edge of the box and fired a deflected effort past the stranded Neil Collet.
It was just as much as Worcester deserved and they could have extended the lead before the break through the former Kidderminster Harriers striker but he was twice denied by Collet.
Returning captain Ellis Deeney and midfielder Connor Gater were also kept at bay before Jacob Rowe headed over from Danny Jackman’s delivery.
The Brakes failed to register a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes but came out a rejuvenated side and levelled things up after 52 minutes.
A lofted ball into the box was headed back across goal for Newton who volleyed emphatically past Nathan Vaughan.
Wright was kept out yet again by Collet and Jamie Tank had to hack an effort off the line after the hosts’ keeper had spilled a George Williams shot as Worcester looked to book their place in the next round.
But it was Paul Holleran’s men who could have snatched the contest in the dying moments when Richard Batchelor planted a header past the post from just five-yards out.