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Worcester City 0 Altrincham 3
2:48pm Saturday 10th November 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
This live event has finished
- Worcester City v Altrincham
- 23 mins: Clee 0-1
- 28 mins: Hall 0-2
- 29 mins: Reeves 0-3
Oh come on ref, put City out of their misery.
Late free-kick for City. Mills hits the first defender.
SUB. Altrincham (90+2 mins): Danny Mitchley replaced by Nicky Clee.
YELLOW CARD. City (90+1 mins): Jacob Rowe for foul on Clee.
Four minutes of added time to play.
About three minutes to go. City on their way out.
YELLOW CARD. City (85 mins): Edwards for lunge on Lacey.
SUB. Altrincham (82 mins): Ryan Brooke comes on for Duncan Watmore.
Weir's cross is inviting for Elvins but his header is way off target.
Clee has plenty of time to deliver from the left, Reeves glances a header wide.
Mills takes free-kick almost level with the edge of the box, it drops to Edwards but Altrincham clear.
Watmore runs half the pitch down the visitors' left, gets past Weir but fires into the side netting.
Another corner for City. Mills with it, Coburn flicks it away under pressure.
Symons' shot on the turn is nicked behind for a corner. The flag-kick comes back out to Deeney, he delivers a delicious cross for Jacob Rowe and he heads wide. Great chance goes begging.
Watmore manages to scoop a shot into the grateful arms of Thompson.
SUB. City (72 mins): Danny Edwards replaces Alex Meechan.
Weir tries his luck from the best part of 30 yards with an effort which fizzes past the post.
YELLOW CARD. Altrincham (69 mins): Patrick Lacey for dissent.
Reeves feeds Watmore and he is denied by the legs of Thompson.
Elvins lunges in on Reeves and needs to be careful, he's already been booked.
YELLOW CARD. Altrincham (64 mins): Matt Doughty for foul on Weir.
Clee's long range shot takes a deflection and Thompson collects.
Thorley spreads the play out wide to Weir on the right but his cross is too heavy and evades everyone.
Mills' free-kick is headed goalward by Elvins but Hall heads behind for a corner. Thorley's flag-kick is cleared.
Thompson is out quickly to thwart Lawrie as Altrincham press for a fourth.
Taylor has appeals for a penalty turned down but it won't matter as the offside flag is up.
Symons plays a lovely ball through to Taylor, he carries it into the box and has his shot saved by Coburn.
Symons plays a lovely ball through to Taylor, he carries the ball in the box and has his shot saved by Coburn.
Reeves heads Hall's corner straight into the arms of Thompson.
Reeves manages to get through the entire defence but Thompson clears.
Meechan looks to have been taken out by Hall but the decision goes the other way.
James Lawrie's strike from distance has Thompson scrambling to his right to save.
Taylor picks out Meechan but he's offside. Better from City.
Taylor bursts into the box but can't quite cut it back to a team-mate.
According to City's twitter feed, we have a new linesman. Nice of them to announce that to the fans.
Second-half kicks off.
Well, he's back out now so not sure what that was all about.
No news on the referee. What happens if we can't find one? Abandon the game?
Altrncham are out but the word is the referee is struggling with an injury.
SUB. City (half-time): Greg Mills and Michael Taylor are on for Charlie Reece and Matt Breeze.
City are out for the second-half but there's no sign of Altrincham.
Half-time whistle goes.
Has the referee forgotten about half-time. We're into the fifth minute now.
Scott Leather eventually leaves the field but there are only seconds left in the half.
Altrincham have a player down but the referee may as well just blow his whistle for half-time.
Into the second minute of time added on.
What started as a decent first-half performance from Worcester has descended into a disaster.
Thorley's free-kick is over the top of Elvins and out of play. That's a waste.
Reece's cross is perfect for Alex Meechan but he plants the header wide. Best chance for the hosts.
Free-kick from Hall is easily gathered by Thompson.
YELLOW CARD. City (40 mins): Rob Elvins for foul on Reeves.
I can't remember the last time City were three behind before half-time let alone the half-hour mark. What is going on?
SUB. Altrincham (34 mins): Partrick Lacey replaces Carl Rodgers.
Breeze bursts into the box and shoots at the keeper. He had Reece in space.
GOAL. Altrincham (29 mins): Watmore races down the right, crosses for Reeves and it's an easy tap in.
GOAL. Altrincham (28 mins): Following a corner, Watmore gets the ball to Danny Hall and the skipper diverts the ball home.
Thorley finds Rob Elvins but his header fails to trouble Coburn.
Another corner for City. Thorley takes it to Tyler Weir and his cross is cleared behind for a fifth corner.
GOAL. Altrincham (23 mins): Duncan Watmore picks out a completely unmarked Clee and he drills the ball under Thompson from 18 yards.
Reeves' shot on the turn from 20 yards forces Glyn Thompson to push the ball wide. Breeze heads the corner clear.
Clee's deep cross to the far post is just missed by Reeves. Let off for Worcester.
City playing plenty of decent football without causing Altrincham many problems.
Still waiting for the first effort on target. Neither keeper troubled yet.
Reece's right-wing cross is plucked out of the air by keeper Stuart Coburn.
Former Worcester player Simon Richman blazes over the bar under pressure from Breeze.
Symons twists and turns in midfield, frees Alex Meechan but the offside flag is up.
Breeze breaks forward, slips the ball to Reece but he loses his footing when about to cross.
Matt Breeze's cross goes across goal and is put behind by Matt Doughty. Charlie Reece delivers, Altrincham eventually scramble clear.
Nicky Clee's throw clears the head of Stuart Whitehead but Damian Reeves can't take advantage.
Shaky passing from both sides. Nervs no doubt.
Tom Thorley whips it in and it's cleared for another which is taken quickly and cleared again.
A shot from Mike Symons is blocked the defender, Rob Elvins drives the rebound over, deflected for a corner.
The game kicks off.
There will be a one-minute silence before kick-off for Remembrance Day.
City are unchanged from the side that beat Hinckley United 5-0 last Saturday. The only switch is on the bench, with Lee Ayres coming in for Shabir Khan, who travels to Singapore on Monday for international duty with Pakistan.
Worcester City: Thompson, Weir, Deeney, Thorley, Whitehead, Rowe, Reece, Elvins, Symons, Meechan, Breeze. Subs: Mills, Taylor, Edwards, Ayres, Sargeant.
Altrincham: Coburn, Leather, Doughty, Richman, Rodgers, Hall (c), Watmore, Moult, Lawrie, Reeves, Clee. Subs: Lacey, Brooke, Mitchley, Grimshaw, Reid.
Referee: Simon Bennett (Staffordshire).
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