Frustrated City forced to settle for a point

By Tim Clarke 31/01 Updated: 03/02 13:35

Worcester City 1 Histon 1

Blue Square Bet North

Tim Clarke reports from St George's Lane.

WORCESTER City are still waiting for their first victory of 2012 after being held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by ten-man Histon at a freezing cold St George's Lane last night.

Carl Heeley's side had to come from behind as Tom Thorley's 62nd minute spot kick cancelled out Dan Holman's penalty three minutes after the break.

City turned up the pressure in the dying stages of the game as they frantically sought to secure their first win in six games, but Histon held firm as Worcester lost more ground on the play off chasing pack.

Temperatures boiled over at the final whistle as Heeley was involved in an ugly touchline bust-up with Histon assistant boss Brian Paige, with the pair needing to be separated.

The evening had started in far more subdued fashion as a bumper crowd of 916 supporters were made to wait an extra half an hour for the kick off with Histon's coach delayed in traffic.

City were almost caught cold nine minutes into the game as Matt Breeze’s pass sent Holman baring down on goal but he dragged his shot just wide of the post.

Jim Stevenson saw a firmly struck effort comfortably saved by City custodian Matt Sargeant, but chances remained at a premium as both sides struggled to adapt to the almost frozen surface.

Histon could have doubled their advantage six minutes before the break as Lewis Taafe turned Holman's cross goalwards but Tyler Weir was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

City thought they had drawn level in the 42 minute as Greg Mills' chip into the box was glanced home by the unmarked Mike Symons, but the effort was chalked off for offside.

Ryan Clarke replaced the injured Lee Ayres soon after the break but his first meaningful contribution was to handle the ball inside the box, gifting the visitors a penalty which Holman calmly converted.

With City suddenly behind the game began to open up with Pelayo Gomez-Pico seeing his close range strike well saved by Sargeant before Danny Edwards flashed an effort just wide of the post for the home side.

But there was another setback for City on the hour mark as veteran defender Stuart Whitehead pulled up with a hamstring injury, forcing Heeley to juggle his backline yet again.

City though were not about to surrender and within two minutes winger Mills was brought clattering to the deck in the box by Ollie Cleaver, and referee Marvyn Amphlett pointed straight to the spot.

Things got even worse for Histon as Jay Dowie was shown a second yellow for dissent after appearing to dispute Amphlett's decision. Thorley kept a calm head though to stroke away the penalty and draw City level.

City piled forward in search of a winner with Danny Carey-Betram having an effort ruled out for offside but that was as close as the hosts got as Histon held firm in the face of a bombardment of dangerous crosses.

Still there was time for Histon to almost steal all three points right at the death but Sargeant scrambled Remy Clerima's shot off the line.

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