23rd Jan, 2020

City fired up to make history in Vase

Rob George 11th Jan, 2020

FREE-SCORING Worcester City will make their first appearance in the latter stages of an FA competition in nearly 20 years when they welcome Coventry United in the last 32 of the FA Vase on Sunday.

Having earned their place with a 2-1 extra-time win over Shepshed Dynamo at the Victoria Ground, the Blue and Whites will meet Midland Premier Division rivals and current table-toppers Coventry in a fourth round tie at the Victoria Ground (3pm).

Not since City tackled Telford United in the FA Trophy last 16 in 2000 have they gone this far in a national competition.

Ash Vincent’s men go into Sunday’s game with some bookies offering odds of 25-1 for them to lift the trophy in May.

They will be looking for revenge after United came away from the Victoria Ground with a 1-0 league win in October.

City had to pull back a two-goal deficit to earn a point at the Victoria Ground in a pulsating clash with AFC Wulfrunians last Saturday.

Vincent was forced into changes with Luke Rowe and Kurtis Mewies suspended and Marco Adaggio unavailable, and City looked disjointed.

Although City started brightly, the visitors made the breakthrough with two goals in the space of four minutes.

Dominic Dell added the first after 15 minutes with a great strike past City keeper Dan Jezeph from a narrow angle.

Wulfs doubled their lead four minutes later, a big deflection on a Ben Jevons shot through a busy box deceiving Jezeph and tricking over the line.

The visitors had further chances but Jezeph produced two great saves before Demetri Brown missed a golden opportunity to pull one back.

However, he made amends on 40 minutes with City’s best move of the half. Dan Okojie’s pass found Brown and the striker fired home from just inside the box.

Jezeph produced another fabulous save to deny Aaron Bishop early in the second half but with 12 minutes remaining City drew level. A long throw from the right was flicked on by a defender into the path of Sean Brain and he headed home from two yards out.

City pressed for the winner and Craig Jones had a glorious chance but his header was saved by Tom Turner.

The result leaves City 10th in the Midland Premier table.

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