ANOTHER home game, another home win for Worcester City.
Nick Wright and Jordan Murphy were the men to secure a fourth success at Aggborough this season in a 2-0 victory against Harrogate today (Saturday).
A poor first half was quickly forgotten thanks to two strikes in the second period which saw the hosts claim back-to-back league wins despite having defender Wayne Thomas in goal for more than 89 minutes of the game.
There was drama as early as the first minute when an innocuous looking challenge on Jose Veiga resulted in the City keeper calling for the trainer and with no number two on the bench,Thomas was thrust straight into the action between the sticks.
Thomas nearly turned provider after 13 minutes when his long clearance was brought down elegantly by Wright, the striker turned 25-yards from goal but fizzed an effort narrowly over the top.
With the hosts having scored 12 league goals in 13 games and Town bagging just ten in 12, the lack of cutting edge infront of goal was evident with Thomas making the only save of the first period when he tipped behind James Walshaw’s drive.
Few chances were to come and go in a half devoid of any real quality as Wright ballooned over from the edge of the six yard box before David McDermott fizzed a cross-come-shot behind when well placed.
The attacking flair which had deserted Carl Heeley’s men in the first period reared its head 12 minutes after the break and to good effect as Worcester managed to break the deadlock.
George Williams burst down the right and fed an inch-perfect ball into Wright who ran on into the box and clinically fired across Phil Barnes and into the far corner.
Less than 60 seconds later the Blue and Whites could have doubled their lead when more good work from Williams picked out Daniel Nti who in-turn found Connor Gater but the midfielders sliced effort rippled the side-netting.
If the first 45 minutes were uninspiring this was anything but as Jacob Rowe had to hack the ball off the line after Thomas had missed his first catch before Walshaw was lucky to get away with just a booking for a late lunge on Rowe.
The killer second goal came after 66 minutes and it was a first for Murphy who, on his first start for the club, did all the work himself beat Matt Heath with ease and fired home past Barnes from an acute angle.
It could, and should, have been three with just 15 minutes to go when Nti’s shot from the edge of the box fell at the feet of Graham Hutchison but the defender somehow fired wildly over from just six-yards out.
There were further chances to extend the winning margin as Gater then Murphy both miscued but Worcester comfortably saw out proceedings to climb to ninth in the league.
To see how the game unfolded in our live blog, click here.