OXFORD City were pegged back by lower league rivals Hornchurch in Saturday’s Buildbase FA Trophy clash.

The third qualifying round tie ended 1-1 at Court Place Farm, leaving City with an away replay tomorrow night.

Both sides will therefore be in today’s draw for the first round proper.

City went ahead through Nana Owusu, but Rickie Hayles headed Hornchurch level on the half-hour.

The hosts threw everything at their opponents in the latter stages, but were frustrated by a string of fine saves from opposing goalkeeper Joe Wright.

Both sides had chances early on, Wright keeping out a shot from Jenson Wright, while at the other end Craig King denied Charlie Stimson.

City striker Elliot Benyon was then denied by a point-blank save, but the Vanarama National League South hosts made the breakthrough soon after when Owusu was in the right place to convert a cross on 14 minutes.

Benyon went close again, before against the run of play, Hornchurch, who play in the Isthmian Premier Division levelled.

A free-kick was floated in by Remi Sutton and Hayles headed past King.

Hornchurch started to get on top, but could not forge ahead, despite having the better of the remainder of the first half and start of the second period.

They thought they had gone ahead with 20 minutes remaining when a superb strike from Lewis Spence rattled against the bar and Chris Dickson netted from the rebound, only to be denied by an offside flag.

This sparked City into life and they dominated the closing stages.

Substitute Stefan Brown saw one effort pushed away by Wright after dispossessing the Hornchurch defence.

And in stoppage time the visiting keeper produced an even better stop from a Josh Ashby free-kick to leave honours even.

Oxford City: King, Self, Jefford, Oastler, Ashby, Fleet, Berkoe, Wright (Rowe 67), Owusu, Benyon (Brown 67), Lofthouse. Subs not used: Wiltshire, Jones, Tapp, Foster.

Attendance: 228.