Worcester City 3-0 Barrow
FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round
A MOMENT of pure audacity from Sean Geddes helped Worcester City to a commanding 3-0 victory over Barrow in the FA Trophy on Saturday (November 29).
City’s midfield maestro scored a ‘rabona’ midway through the second period to double the hosts lead after an individual effort from Daniel Nti had put Carl Heeley’s men ahead.
And with just a minute remaining Geddes then bagged himself a second against the Conference North leaders when he curled home an inch-perfect free-kick from the edge of the box.
The unbeaten run now stands at an impressive 12 games for the Blue and Whites and after Nathan Vaughan had produced a fine double save to keep out Andy Cook and Dan Pilkington they took the third qualifying round tie by the scruff of the neck.
Nti made it eight goals for the season after 13 minutes when he received the ball on the half way line, drove at the heart of the Bluebirds back line and fired home from just inside the box.
The strike was sweet enough but keeper Aaron Taylor would have been disappointed to let the effort squirm under his body.
An ever-improving Worcester could have doubled the lead nine minutes later when Mike Symons ran clear but the centre forward’s curler was held at the second attempt by Taylor.
Shabir Khan slotted back into the side, alongside Graham Hutchison, and put in a faultless performance which could have been rewarded when he headed Geddes’ corner inches wide.
The visitors were failing to live up to their billing as table-toppers and bar a brief spell of control at the start of the second period, Worcester were by far their superior.
And with 62 minutes on the clock, Geddes stepped up with a moment of brilliance which will be on the lips of every City supporter for years to come.
The former Manchester United trainee turned his man inside the box and hooked his right foot behind his standing left leg to chip the ball over the despairing reach of Taylor. Everything about the goal exuded quality.
Anthony Wilson blazed harmlessly over when one-on-one as Barrow threatened a late comeback, but it was to be Worcester’s – and Geddes’ – day as the midfielder fired home an equally superb 25-yard free kick.
Heeley’s side booked a place in the first round proper and raked in £4,000 for the victory but it will be Geddes performance and delightful ‘rabona’ which is set to be the talk of the town.