Two of the Midland Football League’s heavyweights slugged out a 1-1 draw in a first meeting between the two sides.
It was City who started on the front-foot and we were rewarded with an early goal when an inviting corner was met with a firm header from Mark Smith that beat Sam Arnold in the third minute.
Marvin Nisbett and Dave Meese tested the City goal on 15 and 16 minutes respectively before Nisbett was guilty of spurning an absolute sitter on the half hour, firing wide from just a few yards out. The home side hit back in search of an equaliser but Matt Gwynne was on hand to thwart them with a couple of smart saves.
Some good defensive play by Albert denied the hosts as they started to see more of the ball in attacking situations as City sat back and soaked up the pressure.
After another effort from distance by the home side flashed wide, there were calls for a City penalty when Dave Reynolds appeared to be pushed inside the area but the referee was uninterested.
The skill of Josh Sarmento out wide was starting to cause the home side concern, whilst Alex Tomkinson had a free-kick from a decent position that went over.
Just past the half-hour mark Griffiths tried his luck from distance and as the ‘keeper spilled his effort, Sarmento was unable to turn the loose ball home.
As the opening period came to a close, Sarmento was seeing plenty of the ball but we were unable to find a second goal. There was a good save from Matt Gwynne to deny Rikardo Reid as he capitalised on a slip from Mark Smith on the greasy surface and from the resulting corner, the ball was forced home only for an offside flag to half the home celebrations.
They were able to level matters in stoppage time at the end of the first half when a free-kick by Liam Holt rebounded into the path of Meese who was able to apply the finish.
Boosted by the goal, the home side went close soon after the restart when a header by Tes Robinson from a corner crept inches wide.
There was real intent in the home side’s play but City were working hard to frustrate them. A couple of substitutions, including the introduction of Lee Hughes, saw Worcester start to drag the momentum back and George Forsyth had a free-kick in a promising position that was defended bravely by the home side.
The returning Tyler Weir did well to clear the danger from a Holt free-kick that was delivered invitingly into the area and flapped at by Gwynne and, with the seconds ticking away, the visiting keeper produced another good stop to deny Kyle Brady.
Sporting Khalsa: Sam Arnold, Carlo Franco, Johnnie Haynes (Nathan Stone), Shawn Boothe, Tes Robinson (captain), Mike Perks, Dave Meese, Liam Holt, Rikardo Reid (Craig Bannister), Marvin Nisbett (Mensah Kinch), Kyle Brady. Subs not used: Leon Miles, Christian Henry.