GRUMPY Andy Preece predicted more tough-to-crack opponents are on their way to St George's Lane in the wake of Worcester City's 1-1 draw with Worksop Town.

City remain in Nationwide North's bottom four following Saturday's point.

Striker Adam Webster rammed Worcester ahead with his fifth goal in six starts, but Worksop levelled nine minutes later from Glenn Kirkwood.

But player-manager Preece be-moaned the tactics of the less-than-adventurous Tigers, who put the shutters up once Kirkwood equalised.

"They came here for a point and you could see how happy they were at the end of the game," said Preece.

"It's pretty strange for a team that's only five points away from the play-offs, coming here to a team that's fourth from bottom, to play for a point.

"But I think this is what we are going to find now, game after game. It is going to be very tough for us, especially when you can't move the ball too well on the pitch.

"You can't pull teams apart, so it's going to be hard for us.

"Once we get in front, we need to stay in front.

"It's hard enough to score a goal against teams that are playing so defensively and so deep," said City's player-manager.

"But if we show the same effort and commitment, then I'm sure we'll be OK."

Preece believes City deserved more than a share of the spoils, but admits that clear-cut chances were few and far between due to Worksop's stifling strategy.

He added: "We had lots of pressure, which is difficult on that pitch, but we did what we could.

"We got crosses in and got balls into their penalty box, but we did not really get too many clear-cut opportunities.

"Fair play to Worksop, because if they've got 11 men behind the ball, then it's going to be difficult. But I could not ask for any more of the lads. They gave everything."