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That was a sorry show fumes Tim

Rob George 19th Feb, 2022

CITY boss Tim Harris offered his apologies to the Blue and Whites faithful after his side’s fourth defeat in five games.

The frustrated Worcester chief made the apology after City lost 4-3 at home to Walsall Wood to fall nine points behind second place Lichfield City and 24 behind runaway Midland Premier Division leaders Hanley Town.

City staged a late fight back from 3-0 down at half-time but ran out of time as Walsall Wood took the points at Claines Lane on Saturday.

With the score 1-4 going into added time, City scored two in 90 seconds to be in with a shout for a draw before the referee called time.

Speaking after the clash, Harris said: “We can’t apologise enough to the fans after another great turnout, we’ve let them down.

“The goals we conceded were really poor, I thought our defending was abysmal really. They caused us problems but we caused our own by not staying with the runners and attacking the ball when it came into the box.

“As far as our late flurry goes, we didn’t deserve to get anything out of the game.

“We have to be brutally honest. There’s a distinct lack of confidence and characters at the moment. We have to change that and get back on the front foot.

Goals from Kev Monteiro, Kaden May and Phil McKerdy handed visitors Walsall Wood a 3-0 lead at the break before Archie Muirhead reduced the deficit going into the final quarter.

Wood restored the three-goal advantage three minutes later through Jai Verma before City’s last-ditch bid.

As the clock went over 90 minutes and into injury time, Fortune Maphosa sent Muirhead down the right, and he crossed into Cameron Monteith who coolly finished from the edge of the box.

Less than a minute later Muirhead was brought down on the edge of the box. Jamie Smith then stepped up to hammer home the free-kick to make it 4-3.

“We’re not doing the basics well enough at the moment and we’ve got to get back to doing that,” Harris said.

“Unless we put 11 wins together we are not going to be there (in the promotion shake-up) and that is a massive alarm call to myself and what we have got to deal with.”

City will look to return to winning ways on Saturday (February 19) when Haughmond visit Claines Lane (kick-off 3pm). The Shropshire side sit second bottom, level on points with Bewdley.

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