HISTORY-MAKING Worcester City will kick off the final part of the campaign against Coventry Spinhx with silverware on the table after becoming the last winners of the Worcestershire Senior Urn.
The Blue and Whites face Sphinx tonight (Wednesday) before relegated Dunkirk visit the Victoria Ground on Saturday (3pm) and then John Snape’s men make the trip to Westfields on Easter Monday (3pm).
City currently lie in 12th in the Midland Premier Division table with games in hand on their rivals and a good run of form will push Snape’s men into the top 10 to bring the curtain down on a mixed season.
A dramatic penalty shoot-out success over Studley at Evesham United’s Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium on Thursday (April 11) meant the Blue and Whites became the last team to win the Urn as the county’s Senior Cup and Urn competitions will be merged from next season.
Studley always looked dangerous throughout an edgy, scrappy affair in which City struggled to deal with routine balls forward and a lively Studley front pairing of Sean Brain and Dan Carter. And it was Studley who took the lead in the 19th minute when a delicious inswinging free-kick cannoned off the bar, only for Carter to fire into the roof of the net.
City called on Dave Reynolds to bolster the front-line ahead of the final and the hot-shot repaid Snape’s faith moments after the first goal when he swept home inside the near post after livewire Liam Lockett had jinked his way through to have his effort charged down by Jordan Jones.
Nothing could separate the teams before the break but Levi Andoh’s misplaced pass gifted Dale Edwards the ball within a minute of the restart and the Bees wide man took advantage, driving towards the edge of the box and unleashing a rising drive which flew past City keeper Sam Gilder.
Studley could have killed off the game in the closing stages but City finished strongly and levelled on 84 minutes when Joe Bates’s free-kick hit Reynolds on the backside and the striker rifled the loose ball into the roof of the net.
Lockett, Bates, Ethan Moran, Reynolds and Tyler Weir all scored their penalties in the penalty shoot-out to send it into sudden death before Jordan Jones fired wide to hand Kaoui Attoumani the chance to seal the tie.
The Frenchman stepped up and coolly slotted it inside keeper Tom Hayward’s left upright to win the Urn.