North Queensland Fury 1 Wellington Phoenix 1 Wellington Phoenix set an unwanted A-League record of six consecutive draws with a 1-1 result against North Queensland Fury at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.Phoenixs Tim Brown scored in the 6th minute and Fury skipper Robbie Fowler managed an equaliser in the 84th to placate 6,191 fans as the sides stayed locked to the bottom of the ladder.Fowlers header gave the eighth-placed Phoenix their sixth consecutive draw, which beat Melbournes record of five in the 2007-08 season.Within the first minute of the game, the Fury had their first goal opportunity with Jeremy Brockie getting away a pass to James Robinson, whose attempt drifted to the left side of the goal.Phoenix responded with Paul Infill making a break and getting away an accurate cross that was finished off with a header from Tim Brown to give the visitors the lead.Both teams continued to have half chances throughout the first half.In the 55th minute, the Fury looked for the equaliser with Brockie sending in a cross that was pounced on by Daniel McBreen but his shot went wide.The Fury continued to attack with McBreen getting a header through to Robinson who was one on one with goalkeeper Mark Paston but buckled under the pressure and miscued his shot.North Queensland finally converted an opportunity with a well delivered cross from Chris Tadrosse finding Robbie Fowlers head and then the back of the goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the 84th minute.The Phoenix had five players — Tim Brown, Leo Bertos, Mark Paston, Ben Sigmund and Tony Lochhead — backing up from the All Whites 0-0 draw in the World Cup qualifier in Bahrain a week ago, which was followed by four separate flights home then another two to Townsville.Brown said the travel had its effect.I dont think we really played well enough in the second half and North Queensland were deserving of their equaliser so its disappointing, he told Fox Sports.Weve done a ton of travelling and my legs were starting to go in the second half, but thats no excuse, thats part of the job and North Queensland played well. NORTH QUEENSLAND FURY 1 (Robbie Fowler 84m) drew WELLINGTON PHOENIX 1 (Tim Brown 6m) at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Referee: Chris Beath. AAP
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