16th Nov, 2018

Vase clash offers City chance to bounce back

WORCESTER City continue on their road to Wembley this weekend with a FA Vase second-round tie at home to Desborough Town.

The Blue and Whites welcome their United Counties Premier opponents to the Victoria Ground on Sunday (3pm kick-off), looking to get back to winning ways after their 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions was halted by Sporting Khalsa last Saturday.

The Vase clash had originally been scheduled for Saturday but due to landlords Bromsgrove Sporting playing at home that day, it meant the fixture had to be put back a day. Winners of the tie will pocket £900 while the losers receive £300.

John Snape’s men go into the game looking to get back on the winning trail after the 1-0 home defeat to Midland Premier title rivals Khalsa. Lee Chilton’s second-half penalty was enough for the Willenhall-based visitors to walk away with the three points.

City defender Jamie Smith was carried off on a stretcher with 20 minutes to go and rushed to hospital with suspected fractured ribs after a collision with Mensah Kinch.

Club secretary Kev Preece revealed on Twitter a few hours later Smith had been released from hospital with bruised ribs and nothing more serious.

Meanwhile, defender Tom Fishwick started for City after signing for the club for the third time in 16 months.

Fishwick started last season with the Blue and Whites, making 11 appearances before switching back to previous club Coleshill Town in a bid to gain more first-team opportunities.

He was then snapped up by Redditch United before signing dual-registration forms with City, but failed to make an appearance.

Fishwick stayed at Redditch during the summer but was forced to have a spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery for a fractured cheekbone picked up in August.

There were fears Fishwick might not have been able to play on Saturday after appearing to be registered with Highgate United but league chiefs confirmed the defender was eligible to feature for City.

Defeat to Khalsa followed last Tuesday night’s 2-0 victory over Pershore Town in the Worcestershire Senior Urn quarter-finals. Kyonn Evans bagged both goals.

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