22nd May, 2017

City seek momentum after thrilling draw

Rob George 9th Mar, 2017

CASH-STRAPPED Worcester City visit Nuneaton Town on Saturday on the back of an encouraging 2-2 draw with play-off chasing Darlington.

Although Saturday’s draw left City without a win in 15 league and cup matches, the Blue and Whites are sure to have gained confidence from an entertaining performance.

With bottom half Nuneaton Town away and Boston at home in the next two games, City will look to pick up more points in their bid to climb away from danger.

While they remain in the drop zone, City are just a point from safety and have a much better goal difference than their rivals.

City have not won in the Vanarama National League North since a 2-1 triumph over AFC Telford United on November 12.

However, caretaker boss John Snape and player-coach Danny Jackman will be encouraged by their side’s display against seventh placed Darlo.

A brace from substitute Jordan Murphy was nearly enough for all three points on an entertaining afternoon at the Victoria Ground.

The encounter burst into life in the second half and Darlington took the lead in the 72nd minute as David Syers headed past Ethan Ross from a corner.

Murphy pulled City level 13 minutes later by cutting inside and finishing calmly and the game looked to be petering out to a 1-1 draw.

The City faithful greeted six minutes of injury time with groans as the Blue and Whites looked to hang on to a point.

However, the jeers turned to cheers in the 93rd minute when Murphy was sent free and bundled the ball over the line to raise hopes of a first win since November.

The play-off chasers refused to leave empty-handed though and equalised in the 95th minute when Harvey Saunders rose hightest to meet a cross from the right to secure a share of the spoils.

Speaking after the game, Jackman said: “It was a good point but we are a little disappointed we didn’t hang on, but in the context of getting a reaction after the defeat at Altrincham it’s a good point.

“Jordan was perhaps a little bit unlucky to be out of the team, but we need everyone pulling together and fair play to him he came on and made a difference and nearly won us the game.”