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Corby Town 1 Worcester City 0
8:14pm Sunday 31st March 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
ANOTHER match and still Worcester City’s soul-destroying run continues.
Despite a hard-working display at a bitterly cold Steel Park, the St George’s Lane team once again had nothing to show for their efforts.
As a result, they are now pretty much in uncharted territory – nine straight league defeats equals the club record while seven without a goal is now a new one.
With each week the statistics become more remarkable as a once promising season further disintegrates and nervous glances towards the relegation zone increase.
But it has now got to the stage where highlighting the sequences is akin to kicking a man when he’s down, so let’s put the bigger picture to one side for a moment.
In isolation, this wasn’t a bad performance and you could make a case for Worcester being the better side for large periods.
They were certainly far superior in possession on a quagmire pitch, narrowed before kick-off to allow snow to be banked up, and looked much more organised at the back.
The visitors also had chances to have ended their barren run in front of goal, chiefly second-half substitute Michael Taylor being denied by an excellent Paul Walker save after he had been sent scampering through.
Rob Elvins also planted a free header over the bar, while Mike Symons had an effort saved by Walker before the break.
But, for all their endeavour, City were undone by a dreadful decision by referee Neil Hair to award a third-minute penalty against Kieron Morris for a foul on Nat Wedderburn.
Although a foul, the Corby midfielder had clearly been pulled back well outside the box even if he was inside by the time his momentum sent him tumbling.
Gary King firmly despatched the ball past keeper Matt Sargeant but the sense of injustice was palpable.
To make matters worse, left-back Danny Edwards twisted awkwardly in digging out a cross and was carried off with suspected knee ligament damage.
Yet more evidence for manager Carl Heeley’s assertion that Lady Luck is not a Worcester fan and hasn’t been for quite a while.
It’s difficult to argue against. While City’s wretched run is too long to be blamed solely on luck, it played a key part at Corby.
On the positive side, on-loan Walsall winger Morris showed promise on the left, while right-back Jason Beardsley, brought on for his debut after Edwards’ injury in a move that saw Tyler Weir switched to the left, looked assured.
Tom Thorley also shone in midfield and Sargeant pulled off several sharp saves with a tip over from Ryan Semple’s free-kick, as the hosts pressed for a second goal, the pick of the bunch.