HEMEL Town continued their rise up the table after securing a point away at high flying Oxford City.
Oxford had taken the lead through Chris Willmott, but Josh Scowen grabbed an equaliser four minutes later to earn a valuable 1-1 draw for Hemel.
Having been rooted to the foot of the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division table in recent weeks, the Tudors are now third from bottom and hot on the heels of Bedford Town after taking four points from the last six available.
Hemel will, however, have to make do without the services of Ross Lafayette at the start of the new year as he suffered a broken arm at Court Place Farm.
It was Oxford who started the brighter of the two sides, with Tudors keeper Ross Kitteridge forced into a good save from Lee Steele.
It took an hour for the first goal to arrive, with Oxford taking the lead through Willmott’s first goal for the club – but the Tudors responded quickly.
Scowen sent a cross into the area, and the ball evaded everyone – including City keeper Jason Mooney – as it sailed into the net to restore parity.
Oxford’s Darren Pond hit the bar with a header, but the Tudors held firm to secure the point.
Next up for Tommy Widdrington’s side is a home clash with Brackley Town on Saturday (kick-off 1pm), before the Tudors welcome St Albans City to Vauxhall Road on bank holiday Monday (3pm k-o).