1st Oct, 2020

FT: Coventry City 1-2 Worcester City

Worcester Editorial 9th Nov, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

LIVE updates from our man at the Ricoh Arena, Jonny Bonell, where Worcester City aim cause a major upset with a win against Coventry City in the first round of the FA Cup.

The live update has now finished.


Absolutely incredible. Worcester City dug in deep but a Sean Geddes brace has secured an historic 2-1 victory over the 10-men Sky Blues which will live long in the memory of Worcester fans. It was a richly deserved victory and one Coventry can’t argue with. They withstood seven minutes of added time to see out the game. Cov keeper Lee Burge had earlier been sent off and Nathan Vaughn had also saved a penalty in what was an enthralling game from start to finish. Thanks for following today.

FULL TIME: Coventry City 1-2 Worcester

90min: Wright’s effort is now beaten away by Allsop who produces yet another fine save to keep his side just about in it.

90min: Aaron Martin gets a yellow for a high boot on Tristian Dunkley.

7 minutes added on!

89min: Incredible end-to-end drama here a real cup tie feel to it in the dying stages.

87min: Martin was a whisker away from drawing Coventry level but his strike from the edge of the box flew just wide.

84min: Weir makes a lung-busting run down the left and is halted illegally by Marcus Tudgay. Bought his team precious seconds there.

83min: Vaughan picks up a booking for delaying his free-kick.

More on goal: Really soft looking free-kick conceded but Maddison’s delivery was met at the back-post by Johnson who stooped to head home. Jackman picks up a yellow for a cynical foul in the middle.

81min: GOAL: Coventry City 1-2 Worcester City – Reda Johnson

Attendance: 8,439 (3,220)

78min: It should be 3-0 here. Dunkley does brilliantly down the left and pulls it back to Deeney but the captain drags his shot wide from just inside the box.

74min: SUB: Daniel Nti comes off for Tristian Dunkley with Worcester’s last change.

72min: James Maddison drills an effort which is well saved by Vaughan again. Goalscorer Geddes is brought off to a standing ovation from the Worcester fans for Connor Gater.

69min: Johnson heads just wide for Coventry under pressure from Thomas. “Can we play you every week” the chant coming from the visitors.

66min: Wright is inches away from adding a third for the rampant visitors here. Murphy’s control in the box fell to the striker but his effort was deflected inches wide. Barton is now replaced by Marcus Tudgay for Coventry.

63min: A temporary problem with the signal meant the blog was down. Not much has happened, Adam Barton did blaze one well over the bar for the hosts while Nathan Vaughan and Thomas were both felled.

More on goal: Incredible scenes here as Sean Geddes Drills home from the corner of the box into the far corner to double the visitors lead at the Ricoh.

55min: GOAL: Coventry City 0-2 Worcester City – Geddes

52min: Coventry leading a charmed life here. Jackman’s corner is met by Murphy but substitute Allsop gets down superbly to tip it away and stop a certain goal.

51min: SUB: Nick Wright comes on for Mike Symons in Worcester’s first change of the game.

50min: Worcester pressing Coventry hard in the opening stages of this half, looking to frustrate the hosts. No chances to note as of yet.

Back underway in the second-half here.

– Coventry players back out very early here.

– Well, what an incredible first half of football. Worcester bossed the opening 20 minutes but you felt one of their chances needed to be taken. That came after 40 minutes when Cov keeper Lee Burge needlessly kicked out at Nti, he picked up a red card and gave away a penalty in the process. Geddess stepped up and confidently smashed down the middle. More drama was to follow as in added time Hutchison was adjudged to have pulled back Maddison in the box. A penalty was given but Nathan Vaughan got down well to save Johnson’s effort. Thrilling encounter. Bring on the second half.

Half-time: Coventry City 0-1 Worcester City

45min: PENALTY SAVED: Nathan Vaughan gets down low to save Johnson’s penalty. Unbelievable scenes!!

44min: Johnson takes aim from about 30-yards for Coventry but his effort flies well wide, much to the travelling supports delight.

More on goal: Geddes took on the pressure of the resulting spot kick and smashed it down the middle to send to City faithful into raptures.

40min: GOAL: Coventry City 0-1 Worcester City – Sean Geddes (P)

38min: RED CARD: Lee Burge, Coventry keeper, is sent off for a kick on Daniel Nti. Nouble has been brought off to huge jeers from the Cov fans.

37min: Worcester really frustrating the hosts, but you do feel they have to make one of these chances count.

36min: Big, big chance for Worcester. George Williams does brilliantly down the right and set up a cross for the on-rushing Geddes but his header is powered just wide.

33min: Geddes plays Nti in just inside the box but the strikers effort is deflected into the side netting. Geddes then has a pop from the edge of the box which bends just wide. Worcester back on top.

32min: Haines has the hosts first meaningful attempt after good work between Nouble and Maddison set the winger free on the left, but ballooned his effort high and wide.

30min: Coventry spring the counter through Simeon Jackson, but Williams tracks him all the way and does well to divert the ball in Vaughan’s arms.

28min: Superb play by Geddes down the left wins his side a corner which is just about scrambled away by a nervy Coventry defence.

25min: Coventry gaining a foothold in the game but Vaughan has handled well twice when under pressure. Fans from Worcester still in fine voice.

20min: It is difficult to remain impartial in a game like this, but I will continue to do my best. Williams wins a corner down the right.

18min: Weir this time takes aim from 20 yards but his effort is saved. Down the other end Vaughan deals well with Hynes cross in the hosts first real charge into the Worcester half.

13min: Appeals for a penalty – larger from the Worcester support than on the pitch – as Nti tumbles in the box. You certainly would not say 60 plus paces separated these two before kick-off.

10min: The hunger and desire being shown on the pitch has just been highlighted by Geddes charging from the half-way line to close down Burge’s clearance.

9min: From the resulting corner the ball takes a slight deflection and loops onto the top of net, prompting premature celebrations from some Worcester fans.

9min: Worcester doing all the pressing, Nti this time winning a corner on the far side.

7min: Geddes has a pop this time from 25-yards. Nti’s flick on was met full on the volley but the effort flew harmlessly over.

4min: Murphy looking very lively and Symons holding the ball up well. Hutchison does well to halt Haynes down the left and win a throw.

2min: There’s a real zip to Worcester’s play in the early exchanges, Weir this time makes a burst down the line but is halted well.

1min: Daniel Nti close to opening the scoring after just 15 seconds. He controlled a long ball on the chest and half volleyed just wide. The Worcester fans really in fine voice. Great start by the visitors.

– Minutes silence observed well and a huge roar from the Worcester faithful. We are underway in the FA Cup first round.

A minutes silence will be held here at the Ricoh.

– Fantastic support from the Worcester faithful. 3,000+ here making some great noise.


Coventry: Lee Burge, Jordan Willis, Reda Johnson (C), Jim O’Brien, Simeon Jackson, Adam Barton, Frank Nouble, Aaron Martin, Ryan Haynes, Jack Finch, James Maddison SUBS: Ryan Allsop, Andrew Webster, Conor Thomas, Josh McQuoid, Mohamed Coulibaly, Aaron Philips, Marcus Tudgay.

Worcester City: Nathan Vaughan, George Williams, Tyler Weir, Graham Hutchison, Wayne Thomas, Danny Jackman, Daniel Nti, Ellis Deeney (C), Mike Symons, Sean Geddes, Jordan Murphy SUBS: Jacob Rowe, Nick Wright, Connor Gater, Tristian Dunkley, David McDermott, Michael Taylor, Daniel Kerr.

– You can also view how we broke the draw by clicking here.

– A buzz has filled Worcester since the draw was made live on BBC2 on October 27 and everyone wants a piece of the action. Find out here how some teams in the city have cancelled their weekend fixtures to make the trip.

– Welcome to the Ricoh Arena where Carl Heeley’s men will be looking to do the unthinkable and secure their passage to the FA Cup second round with a victory over 1987 winners Coventry City. To see our preview ahead of today’s game click here.


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