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Worcester City slump to defeat against Boston United
9:56pm Monday 18th March 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City’s last ever floodlit match at St George’s Lane ended in another defeat and was watched by their lowest crowd of the season.
Only 536 ventured out to witness the historic fixture, also the seventh straight Blue Square Bet North defeat for Carl Heeley’s team.
Amazingly, it stretched their time without a goal to a staggering 455 minutes of football.
Luke Waterfall and Greg Young put Trinity ahead from set plays without the visitors getting out of first gear before the break.
City, featuring five changes from the side beaten 3-0 by Boston United last Saturday, rallied in the second period but only after Simon Russell had scored a 79th minute penalty.
Despite Gainsborough’s advantage, it was a desperately uninspiring first-half low on quality that gave the crowd little to cheer.
However, Trinity enjoyed the better of it and almost took the lead in the 18th minute when a snap shot from Russell was deflected wide by the boot of Lee Ayres.
But only four more minutes had elapsed when the visitors did break the deadlock. Charlie Reece was judged to have handled 25 yards from goal and from the free-kick, Russell picked out Waterfall at the far post and he headed past Matt Sargeant, preferred instead of Glyn Thompson.
Danny Glover was booked for a challenge on keeper Jason White which led to a lengthy stoppage and brief respite for the sparse support.
It took until the 41st minute for City to register their first effort of note, new signing Ethan Moore forcing a good save from White from the edge of the box.
But a dismal opening period deteriorated further for the hosts as they conceded again from a set-piece in injury time.
Craig Nelthorpe delivered a corner from the right and Young was in first to power a header home off the underside of the bar.
Trinity were denied a third six minutes into the second period, Glover heading Young’s effort off the line.
But City began to dig in and Moore’s header from Stuart Whitehead’s right-wing cross was superbly tipped past the post by White moments later.
Moore was also thwarted by the visiting keeper after Waterfall made a hash of playing the ball back to his keeper.
Yet any remote chance Worcester had a salvaging anything was extinguished 11 minutes from time when Ayres was judged to have handled in the area and Russell despatched the penalty.
Moore, one of City’s better performers, twice went close late on, being denied by White before curling inches wide. Glover also had a low drive blocked by the Trinity keeper but it was far too little too late.
Worcester City: Sargeant 6, Whitehead 5 (Breeze 72), Edwards 6,Thorley 5, Ayres 5, Shabir 5, Reece 5, Elvins 5, Glover 5, Moore 6*, Mills 5 (Taylor 80). Subs not used: Symons, Morris, Thompson.