FOR THE first time this season Worcester City tasted away day success as they returned home from Gainsborough with a 2-1 victory on Saturday (October 4).
Captain for the day George Williams set City on their way with a thunderous strike before Sean Geddes bagged himself another to inflict Trinity’s first defeat on home soil this campaign.
Connor Higginson did grab a consolation for the hosts with 20 minutes to go but Worcester dug deep to claim another three points, despite the influential Mike Symons and David McDermott both being withdrawn through injury.
It was Gainsborough who could have opened the scoring early on at Northolme but after the hosts rattled the bar Williams took centre stage to bag the Blue and Whites first away goal of the season.
Tyler Weir’s cross from the left was headed clear but the ball fell to the incoming Williams who fired an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net after eight minutes.
Both Simon Russell and the pacey McDermott were then guilty of missing decent opportunities for either side, but Geddes would prove to be not so wasteful after 26 minutes as he raced on to Nick Wright’s through ball and slid the ball under Jan Budtz.
New loan signing Jordan Murphy was brought on for McDermott, who pulled up with a hamstring injury, and the Walsall man was in the heart of the action minutes later when neat work between himself and Daniel Nti created space for Wright but the striker’s shot rebounded off the upright.
The half-time whistle did little to quash the visiting attack. It took just nine minutes into the second period for Murphy to play in the lively Geddes who pulled his shot just wide from inside the box.
Steve Housham’s men gave themselves a glimmer of hope with 20 minutes to go as Nathan Vaughan, back in the side after sickness has kept him out of Tuesday 1-1 draw with Boston United, spilled a Paul Beesley shot straight into the path of Higginson who tapped home.
An unlikely equaliser almost broke City hearts minutes later when Billy Lobjoit looped a header over Vaughan but against the woodwork.
Wright hit the frame of the goal once more before the 90 minutes were up, but Carl Heeley’s men deservedly sealed the result which sees them climb to eighth in the Vanarama Conference North.