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22nd Sep, 2021

Vincent and Co depart as City suffer Vase heartache

Rob George 10th Dec, 2020

CITY chiefs are searching for the club’s third new manager in as many years after Ash Vincent stepped down following Saturday’s heart-breaking 3-2 FA Vase defeat at Shepshed Dynamo.

Vincent resigned after three goals in quick succession condemned his former side to defeat despite being 2-0 up with six minutes left.

Backroom staff Marlon Walters and Gaz Rogers follow Vincent out of the door to end 18 months in charge.

Vincent made the step up from assistant to John Snape in May last year after the club legend left to join Paul Smith at Halesowen Town.

Snape spent two years in the dugout during City’s tenancy at Bromsgrove Sporting’s Victoria Ground and became joint manager with Lee Hughes for a spell in the 2017/18 season.

City legend Carl Heeley resigned in March 2017 after a seven-year spell at the helm.

In a statement, the City board of directors said: “We would like to place on record our thanks for their efforts and time with Worcester City FC and wish them well for the future.

“We will now be going through due process to appoint a new manager.”

Club chiefs have refused to comment publicly on the search but names such as ex-City star Mark Owen, former Stourbridge boss Gary Hackett and current Stourport Swifts duo Quentin Townsend and Mark Danks lead the way among fans online.

City are out of the FA Vase after letting a two-goal lead slip in the final six minutes.

A brace from returning Demetri Brown looked set to have put City through to the third round only for the hosts to pull two back before taking the win thanks to a fabulous strike from 35 yards out by Liam Canavan.

Brown’s second came with just seven minutes left and he was then substituted for Sean Brain as Vincent opted for a straight swap rather than a defensive midfielder.

Within a minute Shepshed pulled one back. Ben Birch made his only mistake of the day which was punished as John King finished a move on the right to make it 2-1.

On 89 minutes it got worse for City as a cross from the left fell into the path of Shay Brennan who finished from a yard out despite appeals for handball from the City defenders.

Then deep into injury time and with penalties looming, the final nail was driven into City’s coffin as Shepshed clinched a place in the third round with a sensational winner.

After the departure of Vincent, City cancelled Tuesday’s proposed friendly with Wolverhampton Sporting and are scheduled to return to action on December 19.

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