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Gloucester City 4 Worcester City 2
2:37pm Tuesday 1st January 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
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- Gloucester City v Worcester City
- 45+1 mins: Goddard 1-0
- 48 mins: Edwards 2-0
- 52 mins: Morford 3-0
- 54 mins: Hogg 4-0
- 62 mins: Elvins 4-1
- 82 mins: Patterson 4-2
Not long to go now. The result is not in doubt.
Thorley hits the post.
Morford's right-wing cross deflects off Hutchison and Sargeant just manages to keep the ball in play.
There will be five extra minutes to play.
Goddard is named as man-of-the-match.
SUB. Gloucester (87 mins): Stephen Davies comes on for Jordan Goddard.
Glover takes aim from the edge of the area and fires wide.
If City come back from this it would be the greatest escape ever.
Surley City can't get something out of this?
GOAL. City (82 mins): Glover scoops the ball back across the box and Patterson bundles it over the line.
Taylor goes down in the box and certainly has a case. In the aftermath, Patterson slides in on Hogg and gets booked.
YELLOW CARD. City (79 mins): Stuart Whitehead for his part in that tussle with Darren Edwards, who is also cautioned.
Now it's all kicked off between several players and the linesman has been called over.
YELLOW CARD. City (77 mins): Ellis Deeney for a firm challenge on Goddard.
City break upfield but Breeze wastes the ball with a tame cross into the keeper's arms.
Probably the worst atmosphere ever at a game. Total disgrace #wcfc— @rhysgoode1 01 January 2013
SUB. Gloucester (72 mins): Adam Mann replaces Bagasan Graham.
Chances of a comeback? I'd say very much odds against but City came back from 3-0 down at Guiseley.
Glover's cross is easily intercepted by Green.
Gloucester corner taken by Andrew, Matt Breeze's clearance hits a home player and goes behind for a goal kick.
SUB. City (65 mins): Michael Taylor replaces Mike Symons.
GOAL. City: (62 mins): A shot from Elvins loops up off a defender and under the bar.
Right, what can City do to avoid a total humiliation?
SUB. City (57 mins): Matt Breeze and Stuart Whitehead come on for Ashley Sammons and Tyler Weir.
GOAL. Gloucester (54 mins): Hogg finds himself in acres of space on the left and produces a fine shot to beat Sargeant into the bottom corner. What are City doing?
GOAL. Gloucester (52 mins): Morford gets on to the end of ball forward and fires it over the advancing Sargeant from a tight angle.
Glover's cross is cut out by keeper Green but there is no City player there for the rebound.
Andrew takes the corner for Gloucester, Symons meets the ball with a powerful header.
GOAL. Gloucester (48 mins): Hogg's shot is well saved by Sagreant but Darren Edwards is on hand to convert the rebound.
Symons' header falls to Sammons and he blasts the ball over the bar and against the advertising boards.
Thorley's passing has been mixed so far. That one to Weir wasn't his greatest.
Second-half kicks off.
SUB. Gloucester (half-time): Jack Harris replaces Tom Hamblin.
There will be a change of linesman at half-time on the near side following the injury sustained in the first-half.
GOAL. Gloucester (45+2 mins): City fail to clear their lines and Jordan Goddard arrives to side foot the ball into the bottom corner.
Morford's cross finds Graham in the six-yard box and his shot somehow rebounds off Sargeant on the line. Not sure the keeper knew much about that.
Symons doing a lot of defending at present. He has also run both flanks at times so far.
Sammons slips a pass to Glover just inside the box but his shot is blocked.
Game has gone a bit stale at the moment. Neither side able to make an impact.
Graham shoots on the turn left-footed, straight at Sargeant.
Thorley sets Glover free, he squares the ball to Patterson and he drives over from 18 yards. That was a good chance.
Morford's shot is into the ground and easily gathered by Sargeant.
Andrew's cross skims off a head on its way through to Morford. He can't control it and was offside anyway.
Andrew has a go from 35 yards but can only clear the stand behind Sargeant's goal. Another new ball needed.
Andrew's cross is blocked by Sammons for a Gloucester corner. Andrew takes it and misses everybody.
The ball disappears into the empty stand opposite the press box. Only two sides of the ground open today.
City keeping the ball well and battling in midfield, Elvins in particular.
Weir and Symons link up on the right and the latter's cross hits the post and evades Glover.
Glover tries an effort from outside the box and curls the ball inches past the post.
Graham Hutchison throws his body in the way of Morford's shot after the striker had acres of space to get a shot away.
Attendance is 640. Not a bad effort.
Glover bears down on Green but his first touch was heavy and the keeper gets to the ball first.
All appears fine now.
The linesman on the near side needs treatment and is getting it from the Gloucester physio. Delay in play.
Hogg's pass finds the unamrked Tom Webb and he brings a smart save out of Sargeant.
Rob Elvins hoofs the ball forward, Glover beats three defenders to it and his shot is well saved by Mike Green.
The ball falls to Ashley Sammons on the edge of the box. Way over.
Kyle Patterson shows a good turn of pace to break into the box, his pass drops to Thorley but the midfielder's effort is scuffed wide.
Graham's cross drops for Lewis Hogg in the area but he can only divert it over the bar.
The corner is cleared all the way through to Matt Sargeant at the other end.
Glover's raking pass picks out Weir and his cross is deflected off Andrew for a corner.
Danny Andrew's throw-in eventually sees the ball find its way through to Will Morford but he's offside.
City have a free-kick 25 yards out. Tom Thorley tees up Glover and he drills the ball well wide.
Bagasan Graham sprints down the right but his cross goes out for a goal kick.
Danny Glover controls Tyler Weir's pass in the box but Gloucester clear.
City look like they are playing 4-3-3.
The teams are out, just a few moments until kick-off now.
Manager Carl Heeley makes three changes to the team for the first game of 2013.
Danny Glover returns for his first start since the FA Cup defeat at Bromley in October. He is joined in the side by Rob Elvins, back from suspension, and new signing Ashley Sammons.
Charlie Reece and Matt Breeze drop to the bench, while Greg Mills serves a one-match ban.
Gloucester trio captain Matt Coupe, Tom Webb, Lewis Hogg are all back for the Tigers following suspension.
Worcester City: Sargeant, Weir, Deeney, Thorley, Rowe, Hutchison, Sammons, Elvins, Symons, Glover, Patterson. Subs: Whitehead, Taylor, Breeze, Reece, Thompson.
Gloucester City: Green, Rawlings, Andrew, Coupe (c), Hamblin, Webb, Graham, Goddard, Edwards, Morford, Hogg. Subs: Harris, Davies, Mann, Parker, Mustoe.
Referee: Anthony Coggins (Oxfordshire).
In position for first game of 2013, Gloucester versus City. Follow live updates.#wnsport http://t.co/SiBUDblK— @stevecarleyWN 01 January 2013