Hemel Town FC ensured their name will be in the hat for tomorrow’s FA Cup first round draw after battling to a 0-0 stalemate at Nuneaton Town.
The two clubs will clash again on Tuesday night at Vauxhall Road in the fourth qualifying round replay after a hard-fought tie at Liberty Way.
Nuneaton made a bright start to the game and almost went in front after three minutes when midfielder Jack Dyer crashed a long range effort against the post.
Ben Hutchinson also came close on a couple of occasions for the hosts, but as the half wore on, Hemel started to gain a foothold in the match against their Conference Premier opponents.
Clear goalscoring chances were few and far between in a tight first half, with both sides knowing that a place in the first round proper of the world’s most famous cup competition was up for grabs.
Both sides were battling hard, and a chance fell to Nuneaton in the 68th minute when Craig Curran met Ben Hutchinson’s flick-on, but Tudors keeper Laurie Walker kept the effort out.
Minutes later, James Wren was called into action at the other end, superbly tipping a fierce Luke Allen shot over the bar with one hand – the best chance Hemel had created all game.
The Tudors finished the game strongly and forced a succession of corners late on, but they could not find a way to break the deadlock and the teams will have to do it all over again on Tuesday night.