WORCESTER City suffered just their third defeat of the campaign when they went down 2-0 away at Stockport County last night (Tuesday).
Scott Spencer and Kristian Dennis got the goals to fire the Hatters up to fifth and leave Carl Heeley’s men still searching for their first away win of the season.
Danny Jackman hit an effort against the post for the visitors but ultimately any effort was in vein as the Blue and Whites drop down to 11th in the Vanarama Conference North.
City, without Mike Symons or Tristian Dunkley, started the brighter of the two but their early work was undone after 16 minutes when a throw from the left wasn’t dealt with and Spencer was able to shrug off Graham Hutchison and fire past Nathan Vaughan.
Hutchison nearly made amends minutes later but couldn’t quite direct his effort from a George Williams cross before Daniel Nti forced a smart save from Danny Hurst.
The usually-reliable Worcester back-line was breached again after 37 minutes when Jamie Milligan whipped in a corner for the unmarked Dennis to head home.
A minute before the break the visitors were the width of a post from halving the arrears as Jackman fired a free-kick from the edge of the box which cannoned back off the woodwork.
Substitute David McDermott combined well with fellow newcomer Connor Gudger to release Williams mid-way through the second half but the full-back saw his effort fly just the wrong side of the post.
Vaughan was then forced into a diving save from another Dennis effort and with just minutes to go Nti was again denied by Hurst as County saw the game out to secure their fourth home success on the trot.