10:00am Monday 5th August 2013
Oxford City kept up their unbeaten pre-season record, as they were held to 1-1 draw at Calor League Premier League new boys Hungerford Town on Saturday.
With time running out a goal from French triallist Adam Maabdi looked to have won it for City, only for a late header from former Didcot Town striker Mark Draycott to secure a draw for the Berkshire side two minutes from time.
It was the hosts who created the first real opportunity when former City winger Nick Stanley’s cross found James Clark who fired wide.
Visiting defender Paul Stonehouse then made a good block on the dangerous Clark to prevent him getting a shot on goal.
Hungerford were fortunate not to go behind on two occasions.
The first saw Will Green’s header cleared off the line following a Maabdi corner.
Moments later, a further goalline clearance came when Jamie Cook’s shot was going in, but ex-Oxford United defender Matt Day came to the rescue by kicking clear.
Neither keeper was seriously troubled with play mostly contested in midfield.
But on 77 minutes, the visitors went in front.
The Hungerford defence only half- cleared a City attack and Maabdi seized on a loose ball to fire in.
An effort from City striker Mike Symons fizzed wide of the target.
The home side pulled level with two minutes left, when from their only real chance in the game saw a Harry Goodger cross met by the head of Draycott.
City continue their preparations ahead of their forthcoming Skrill North campaign when they travel to Chesham United tomorrow night.
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