Oxford City extended their National League South unbeaten run to six games with a battling 1-1 draw at playoff-chasing St Albans.
The Hoops dominated the first half and could have gone into the break with a two goal lead - Matt Paterson failing to add to Rob Sinclair's opener despite an almost open goal – but saw their hosts earn a late draw having controlled the second period.
Mark Jones' unchanged side made a strong start as Sinclair and Zac McEachran combined well in midfield, the former shooting straight into the hands of 'keeper Dean Snedker from 12 yards.
Fresh from netting a hattrick against Truro City on Tuesday, Paterson turned provider in the 20th minute; battling his way into the box from the right channel before laying the ball off for Sinclair to score from the edge of the area.
McEachran then rounded the 'keeper: unselfishly squaring to the striker only for his touch to let him down with the goal gaping.
Jack Stevens was finally called into action late in the half, reacting well to push away Zane Banton's close range header before pushing a deflected effort from Tom Bender around the post.
City's slender lead came under serious threat in the second period as St Albans attacked down the hill.
Ben Herd slashed a close range effort well wide of Steven's goal before Sam Merson fired straight at the 'keeper from six yards.
The Hoops' resolute defending looked like paying dividends as they hooked first a corner and then a free kick off of the line, only for the latter to be steered home by Merson with three minutes remaining.
Substitute Ezra Forde shot narrowly wide in added time before Stevens secured his place as City's Man of the Match with another fine save from a Charlie Walker free kick.
Updated 23:01 - 2 Jan 2018 by Oxford City FC