THE ROAD to Wembley restarts for Worcester City on Saturday when they travel to Herefordshire side Wellington FC in the first round of the FA Vase.
Ash Vincent’s men travel to Wellington, based midway between Hereford and Leominster, who play in Hellenic League West Division One.
City go into the clash on the back of an FA Cup preliminary round exit in front of the BBC cameras at Heather St John’s and followed the 1-0 cup exit with a 0-0 draw at home to Stourport Swifts on Monday.
The Blue and Whites got off to another bright start but were unable to get the breakthrough, not helped by Jack Jeys having to limp off injured within six minutes.
Liam Lockett came close but was thwarted by Swifts keeper Dominic Richards at the near post with Luke English’s follow-up also being blocked. Jordan Harrison’s effort on 23 minutes went the same way with his shot saved and English’s goalbound drive hacked off the line seconds later.
The best chance of the game for Swifts came early in the second half. First, Lewis Platt was put clean through but with only the City keeper to beat fired wide of the post. Minutes later Matt Fulloway’s goalbound header from a corner was tipped on to the bar by City keeper Ted Cann who once again impressed.
City had three successive chances within the last few minutes. Tyreece Ruddock’s near-post drive was parried away by the Swifts keeper who then blocked Harrison’s follow-up with his feet before Adam Osbourne, who had burst into the six-yard box, was unable to finish from English’s deep ball back into the back post.
It is two wins and a draw at home for City who have yet to concede at home in the league.