WORCESTER City Women began life at new home Sixways with a competitive 1-1 draw with Lye Town in their opening game of the league season.

Emma Cosgrave's goal early in the second-half looked to be the winner in a cagey affair at Sixways in the opening game of the West Midlands Regional Women's Football League.

But City were forced to drop deep and as the game entered the final 10 minutes, Lye equalised to secure themselves a point.

It was a cagey opening 45 minutes, with some opening game rust evident as both sets of players worked themselves into the game.

But City did have a couple of chances to take the lead, with two of them falling to striker Olivia Mitcham.

Twice she found herself in behind the Lye defence but on both occasions she was unable to convert, slicing the ball wide. 

Holly Rogers also came close to giving City the lead but she could only poke wide in what turned out to be a frustrating half for the hosts.

City keeper Alisha Hine had to make a couple of smart saves at the start of the second-half but it would be the hosts who took the lead up the other end.

Congrave broke into the Lye box and slid the ball past the keeper and into the corner to make the breakthrough. 

Both sides struggled to create but the away side did push as the game entered the final 10 minutes, with Lyndsey Glover striking a 25-yard effort just over the bar.

The away side continued to look the more likely and in the 87th minute, they did find the equaliser as the ball was fired home from inside the box.

There were late appeals for a Lye penalty turned down by the referee as the visitors ended the game stronger, but City held on for a draw.