Would the real City please step forward

Worcester News: HOLDING ON: Worcester City two-goal hero Danny Glover looks to breakaway from his marker but the Vauxhall Motors’ player has a grip of his shorts. HOLDING ON: Worcester City two-goal hero Danny Glover looks to breakaway from his marker but the Vauxhall Motors’ player has a grip of his shorts.

AS the saying goes, a week is a long time in football.

Yet, in Worcester City’s case, it would appear that four days is long enough for fortunes to change.

Last Tuesday, Carl Heeley’s side produced one of their best performances of the season in despatching Droylsden 2-0 at the Butchers Arms.

On that occasion, they dominated possession, passed with accuracy, created chances and took them.

Fast forward to Saturday and it was almost the exact opposite.

Although the impressive Danny Glover stuck two goals away, they struggled to keep the ball, were often caught in possession and, consequently, conceded two as well.

Having gone from the archetypal away performance, we were back to the disjointed home display, admittedly interspersed with fleeting moments of quality.

It happened against Histon and it happened against Vauxhall Motors. Only this time it didn’t cost City three points.

So what changed in four days?

The same team that started in Greater Manchester lined up to face the Motormen.

Yet, for the majority of the first-half and most of the second, you wouldn’t have known.

The players didn’t look comfortable and, chiefly, Michael Taylor couldn’t reproduce the form the saw him terrorise Histon and Droylsden.

For the opening 20 minutes City hardly got out of their own half and when they did it was often because the ball had been hoofed forward in desperation.

During that period, Ashley Stott fired a cute volley beyond Glyn Thompson, while the visitors forced five corners.

But then came a moment of City class. Greg Mills, who later hobbled off injured, sent Glover scampering away down the middle and he coolly drew keeper Zac Jones before edging past him and rolling the ball in from an acute angle.

It was a similar story after the break. Unruffled by a dire penalty that was easily saved by Thompson, Stott restored his team’s advantage by pouncing on Stuart Whitehead’s short header back to his keeper.

Louis Barnes also had a free-kick tipped over by Thompson as the men from Ellesmere Port started the half stronger.

City eventually got their act together and had chances without capitalising, most notably a free-kick from Ellis Deeney which thudded against the post.

Then came the hosts’ second moment of class. With their best move of the match, the ball was worked to Rob Elvins, deployed as an emergency striker late on, in the box and he squared it for Glover to blast his ninth goal of the campaign into the top corner.

Unlike against Histon, City held on this time but you can’t help but think more valuable points have been dropped at home.

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11:11am Mon 4 Feb 13

Hillbilly1 says...

Good article, but I think the real City has stepped forward! City have been punching above their weight all season, many of my friends have said things like "they don't really deserve to be 5th in the League"
But hey, the club have no money, can only pick up other clubs left overs, and are trying to blend them into a team which will get to the end of the season. Does a position just outside of the play-off really not reflect genuine expectation?
Good article, but I think the real City has stepped forward! City have been punching above their weight all season, many of my friends have said things like "they don't really deserve to be 5th in the League" But hey, the club have no money, can only pick up other clubs left overs, and are trying to blend them into a team which will get to the end of the season. Does a position just outside of the play-off really not reflect genuine expectation? Hillbilly1

2:18pm Mon 4 Feb 13

steve carley says...

Agreed.
City are having one of their best seasons in recent times, that is not up for debate.
Nobody should doubt they are punching well above their weight when it comes to resources.
Inevitably, however, they are now being judged on where they are and not where they used to be.
Agreed. City are having one of their best seasons in recent times, that is not up for debate. Nobody should doubt they are punching well above their weight when it comes to resources. Inevitably, however, they are now being judged on where they are and not where they used to be. steve carley

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