22nd Jan, 2019

City ready to put title credentials to test at leaders

Rob George 8th Feb, 2018

WORCESTER City travel to table-toppers Coleshill Town on Saturday looking to prove their Midland Premier Division title charge is firmly on track.

The Blue and Whites got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at Rugby Town on Saturday with a performance which proved a perfect riposte to the disappointing 5-3 reverse at home to fellow promotion chasers Sporting Khalsa the previous weekend.

John Snape and Lee Hughes’ saw a two goal lead slip at AFC Wulfrunians after an early own goal and a Brad Birch second saw City race into a 2-0. But the visitors were pegged back for a 2-2 draw denting their hopes of putting pressure on the leaders.

City went into the game on the back of a hard-working win at Rugby, courtesy of Dave Reynolds’ goal.

They started well with early chances from James Baldwin and Reynolds, whose shot crept just wide after a corner from George Forsyth.

There were chances at either end as both sides looked to take the initiative. Reynolds went close again with another effort on the turn before Baldwin looked to create an opening but he was crowded out.

After Alex Tomkinson headed wide after the restart, City grabbed the initiative on 53 minutes. Baldwin went down as keeper Louis Connor challenged but the ball fell to Reynolds who made no mistake to fire home.

Tempers were starting to boil over between two competitive sides and another inviting corner caused problems for the home side. As the ball was half-cleared to Matt Birley, his strike was blocked with the rebound finding Birch, who also saw his low attempt rebound back into the path of Birley who lashed over.

Mark Danks shot straight at the keeper and then skipper Brad Birch headed wide as City saw out eight minutes of injury team to secure three precious points.

Snape was pleased with the response from his players and hoped the performance acted as a template for the rest of the season.

“It’s important that we proved last weekend was just a blip,” said the joint-manager.

“For us, it’s about reaching the standards that we know we are capable of and getting back into winning ways.

“We need to approach each game in the right way and be prepared to battle for everything.”

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