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FOOTBALL: Home comforts for City after Casuals defeat

Rob George 11th Mar, 2023   0

CITY boss Chris Cornes said results are ‘all going in the right direction’ ahead of a wander across Wolverhampton for his men.

The Blue and Whites return home to Claines Lane on Saturday (March 11) for a clash with AFC Wulfrunians following a 2-1 reverse at Wolverhampton Casuals on Tuesday (March 7).

City go into the game on the back on a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Uttoxeter Town with two second goals securing the three points.

The hosts took the lead on nine minutes when a corner was swung in to the City box, which fell at the feet of Romehl Critchlow, who cooly backheeled through a crowd of players to open the scoring.

It took until the hour mark for City to draw level. Lorcan Sheehan found Jordan Stoddart from a freekick. The defender nodded it down in to the path of Marvellous Onabirekhanlen, who tapped home from close range.

With the wind in their sails, City then took the lead on 74 minutes. Neat play between Elliott Hartley and Onabirekhanlen saw Hartley free, who coolly placed the ball beyond the Uttoxeter keeper’s reach.

Speaking after the games, Cornes admitted the first half performance was not the best but said: “If you said to me we’d go one down and come back with two goals to win I’d have taken that against a team second from bottom.”

Meanwhile Malvern Town’s thrilling title tussle with Cribss continued as the Hillsiders roared back to form with a 4-0 win over Shrivenham.

Goals from Matthew Turner, Ben Hayes, Dave Reynolds and Joe Bates delivered Town’s first win in three to keep them a point behind table-topping Cribbs, albeit with the Bristol side having two games in hand.

The next chapter of the race to the title sees the Hillsiders travel to Brimscombe & Thrupp on Saturday while Cribbs face a Friday night trip to Chipping Sodbury Town.

A Bailey Fuller inspired Worcester Raiders performance, despite being without manager Karl Gormley, was enough to earn six points out of six as they came from behind to defeat Bradford Town 2-1 at Sixways.

Despite falling behind early on, Raiders grew into the game and Fuller notched in the 25th and 78th minute to seal the points to keep Gormley’s men in third spot.

Raiders tackle Thornbury Town on Saturday (March 11).

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