FOOTBALL: Swifts visit is latest clash to add to City fixture list - The Worcester Observer

FOOTBALL: Swifts visit is latest clash to add to City fixture list

Worcester Editorial 19th Jan, 2024   0

A LAST-16 FA Vase derby date with Stourport Swifts awaits Worcester City following the Blue and Whites 2-0 victory over in-form Lichfield City.

And the February 10 trip to Walshes Meadow will not be City’s only cup clash in the weeks ahead as Chris Cornes’ men booked a quarter final date with Slimbridge in the Wiseman Lighting Floodlit Cup.

City advanced to the latter stages of the competition after a 4-2 win over Cheltenham Saracens on Tuesday (January 16) evening.

Cornes made six changes from Saturday’s Lichfield victory with Jamie Insall, Elliott Hartley and Kyonn Evans in a completely changed front three.

Hartley got the ball rolling for the in-form Blue and Whites before second half goals from skipper Adam Mace, Insall and Kirk Layton booked City’s progress in another cup competition.

Mace scored direct from a corner to make his third goal of the season truly one to remember.

City return to league action tomorrow (Saturday) with a trip to Royal Wootton Bassett Town (kick off 3pm).

The Blue and Whites are currently two points behind leaders Corsham Town, still with four games in hand.

It promises to be a packed programme for the City faithful between now and the scheduled end of the league season on March 23 with 15 league games alongside their continued involvement in the FA Vase, Wiseman Lighting Floodlit Cup and Marsh Challenge Cup.

Meanwhile Slimbridge are the visitors to Sixways tomorrow for a Worcester Raiders side which fell to a narrow defeat to Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Saturday.

Kyri Kourouyianni got on the end of a first-half free kick to hand Raiders the lead before a second-half comeback from the high-flying Hellenic League side secured them the points.

The result keeps Raiders 11th in the table ahead of the visit of seventh place Slimbridge.

Raiders have also added to their goalkeeping options this week with the signing of Thomas Hayward from AFC Wulfrunians.

Malvern Town travel to Paulton Rovers this weekend just four points from the Southern League Division One South play-offs after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bristol Manor Farm.

The Hillsiders ended a run of five games without a win with a hard-earned three points at the HD Anywhere Community Stadium.

Town keeper Josh Bishop was on-form to deny the visitors who made a lively start on a chilly day for the fans in attendance.

The home side took the lead just past the half-hour mark when Luke Payne arrowed the ball home from distance.

A late challenge on the hour mark led to a furious touchline bust up which saw both Town booss Stephen Cleal and Manor Farm chief Lee Lashenko sent off.

There was a frantic finish as the ball went from end to end.

Bishop was again on hand with a superb claim through a crowd of players from a visitors’ corner as Malvern sealed their first three points of 2024.


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