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Worcester City 0 Altrincham 0
2:49pm Saturday 12th January 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
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That's it. Full-time. Time for a breather!
There is almost steam coming off this keyboard.
Taylor breaks into the box and it takes a tackle from Scott Leather to deny him.
YELLOW CARD. City (90+2 mins): Lee Ayres for trip on Reeves. I think that's what called taking one for the team.
Here come City. Elvins muscled out of it. Birley trying to find a way through.
Watmore releases Reeves into the box but he slips over. That was a let off.
SUB. Altrincham (89 mins): Matt Doughty comes on for Jordan Sinnott.
Weir hacks Hall's header off the line. That was so close.
Reeves lets fly from distance and Thompson manages to parry the ball wide for a corner.
Glover's shot is charged down. It's getting tense now.
City building the pressure. Can they make the breakthrough?
Both teams fancy a winner here.
Whitehead slides in to thwart Reeves and City get the ball away.
SUB. City (81 mins): Matt Breeze on for Greg Mills.
Huge gaps all over the pitch at the moment as the game gets increasingly stretched.
Taylor has just over 10 minutes to help City find a winner.
SUB. City (79 mins): Michael Taylor comes on for Mike Symons.
City continuing to charge down to thwart Watmore and Sinnott.
Michael Taylor is about to enter the fray for Worcester.
Ayres rises to head clear from Altrincham corner. The visitors having the better of it at the moment.
Mills breaks upfield but is stopped in his tracks by Gianluca Havern.
Bodies flying in all over the place as Watmore jinks his way into the box. Danger finally averted.
Chance for Birley to make an impact. Can he provide the inspiration for City?
SUB. City (70 mins): Matt Birley replaces Kyle Patterson.
City corner. Swung over by Mills, Elvins gets a head to the ball and the keeper saves.
Worcester beginning to exert some pressure and seize the initiative.
City are defending stoutly but Watmore has certainly made a difference for the visitors.
City yet to make a change but they have options with Michael Taylor and Matt Birley on the bench.
The game has come to life and it's end to end.
Glover feeds Mills in the area and his shot is charged down by Hall. Great block.
Ayres and Thomspon leave the ball for each other, Damian Reeves nips in, squares it for Watmore and his shot is saved.
Watmore is the player who caused havoc for City when the sides met in the FA Trophy.
Elvins is moving more freely now.
SUB. Altrincham (52 mins): Duncan Watmore replaces Nicky Clee.
Elvins makes a supber challenge to take the ball off the toe of Simon Richman but he has hurt his knee in the process.
Corner from Mills hits the first man. Patterson tries an effort from the edge of the box and is wide.
Mills' free-kick is whipped in, the ball falls to Thorley and his shot is deflected over.
Second-half is under way. No changes by either side.
Clee's cross just misses the head of Rodgers but the offside flag was already up.
Thorley's cross from the left beats everyone and is tipped away at the last minute by Coburn.
Glover being held back by Danny Hall in the area. Nothing given.
Sinnott takes corner for Altrincham. Symons heads it against his marker and out for a goal kick.
Mills gets the better of his marker, sends in a shot, it's heading in but Coburn gets there.
Sinnott's goal-bound drive is charged down by Elvins.
City giving away a lot of fouls at the moment, even if some have been harsh decisions.
Altrincham corner taken by Nicky Clee and cleared. Mills breaks upfield and his shot is deflected into the arms of Coburn.
Good City move sees Weir play in Glover, he turns and scuffs the shot at the keeper.
YELLOW CARD. City: Rob Elvins.
Elvins has slid in on Carl Rodgers. He got the ball but can expect to be booked here. He took the man.
In the end it's Tom Thorley and he curls the ball over the bar.
City have a central free-kick about 25 yards from goal. Looks like it will be Glover.
Tyler Weir sends over a delightful cross at pace from the right and Symons glances a header wide.
Symons, with his back to goal, turns and fires in a shot which Stuart Coburn gathers. Good effort.
Mills with the free-kick for Worcester, it's whipped in but Ayres is beaten to the ball.
Thompson makes a double save to deny Sinnott on the Altrincham left.
Glover wins a corner. Mills takes it, Lee Ayres meets it and heads over.
Nice one-two between Mike Symons and Greg Mills and the winger's shot is fumbled by the keeper.
Quite a cagey opening period. Neither side have settled.
Free-kick from Greg Mills causes confusion in the Altrincham area but shots from Danny Glover and Kyle Patterson are blocked.
Jordan Sinnott fires a shot low along the ground into Glyn Thompson's grasp.
Game kicks off. City attacking the dressing room end.
City make one change from the 3-0 victory at Colwyn Bay with Lee Ayres pairing up with captain Stuart Whitehead at centre-half following the end of Graham Hutchison's loan from Birmingham City.
Jacob Rowe is on the bench along with keeper James Dormand, who returns to the club for the first time since leaving in the summer. Matt Sargeant is not in the squad.
Worcester City: Thompson, Weir, Deeney, Thorley, Whitehead, Ayres, Patterson, Elvins, Symons, Glover, Mills. Subs: Taylor, Breeze, Rowe, Birley, Dormand.
Altrincham: Coburn, Densmore, Leather, Rodgers, Havern, Hall, Sinnott, Moult, Richman, Reeves, Clee. Subs: Doughty, Lacey, Brooke, Watmore, Reid.
Referee: Sarah Garratt.