FOOTBALL: Faithful urged to aid City bid for FA Vase success - The Worcester Observer

FOOTBALL: Faithful urged to aid City bid for FA Vase success

Worcester Editorial 12th Jan, 2024   0

WORCESTER’S City’s road to Wembley continues this weekend with the visit of Midland Football League opposition in Lichfield City.

The FA Vase clash will be the visit of familiar foes with both teams meeting three time last year in the Midland Football League.

The first was a 1-0 victory for City at Claines Lane in the 2022/23 FA Vase, before a 3-1 away defeat in league action.

The sides met then met at Claines Lane towards the end of the campaign with the game ending 0-0.

High-flying Lichfield are currently third in the table and eight points off top spot with a game in hand.

Saturday’s clash comes after a week’s respite for City following four games in seven days over Christmas and New Year.

The Blue and Whites made it ten points from four games with a 3-1 away win at Mangotsfield.

Goals from Dylan Hart, Kyle Belmonte and Jamie Insall propelled City to their third win of the week.

The result leaves Chris Cornes men a point clear of chasing Corsham Town, albeit still with a game in hand.

Meanwhile Worcester Raiders will be looking to climb the Hellenic League table after returing to winning ways at Roman Glass St George.

A debut goal from Danielle Reka was enough to hand Raiders all three points.

Saturday’s visit of Royal Wootton Bassett Town kicks off three home games in a row for the Sixways side.

After the visit of the high-fliers, Raiders then host to Slimbridge and Thornbury Town on January 20 and 27 respectively.

Malvern Town tackle Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday looking to put Tuesday’s cup defeat to Alvechurch behind them.

The Hillsiders exited the Worcestershire Senior Cup following a 3-1 home reverse on a decidedly chilly night.

Town opened the scoring midway through the second half when a free-kick was headed home by Joe Davies.

But two goals in quick succession from the prolific Dan Sweeney saw the visitors turn the game on its head.

Sweeney turned a rebound off the crossbar home and notched another at the second attempt having taken the ball around the ‘keeper.

It was a quickfire hat-trick for Sweeney as he broke the offside trap from a long clearance before tucking home.

The result in front of a hardy 162 spectators sent Alvechurch into the semi-finals against either Redditch United or Stourport Swifts.


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