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Worcester City 1 Altrincham 3
Updated 5:14pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
This live event has finished
- Historic match as City play their first fixture in exile after 108 years at St George's Lane.
- Carl Heeley has assembled a new-look squad for the 2013-14 campaign.
- Altrincham one of the favourites for the play-offs.
- 1-0: Glover 26 mins
- 1-1: Reeves 64 mins
- 1-2: Perry 74 mins
- 1-3: Rodgers 89 mins
Thorley smacks a free kick into the defensive wall.
City still pressing for a second but it's too late now.
Four extra minutes to play.
Altrincham 89 mins: Long ball forward is met by sub Rodgers and he beats Sargeant. Game over.
City have about three minutes left to rescue a point.
Shot from Rodgers deflects off Munday and Sargeant collects.
Sub. Altrincham 86 mins: Carl Rodgers on for Reeves.
City 85 mins: Graham Hutchison for tripping Clee.
Shot from Nelson-Addy is off target as City seek a way back into this game.
Free kick from Deeney goes across the box and wide.
Sub. City 78 mins: Danny Williams on for Sammons.
Clee cracks the bar with a dipping volley. Sargeant didn't move.
Altrincham. 74 mins. A corner for the visitors. Havern heads the ball back across the goal, nobody picks up Perry and he heads his side ahead.
This is turning into a really good opening game. Could go either way at the moment.
Ellis Deeney is moving into midfield and Shabir goes to left-back.
Sub. City 70 mins: Shabir Khan on for Luke Hubbins.
Sub Clee gets free down the centre and sends a drive well wide of goal.
Glover gets a shot in on the turn following good work from George Williams, Coburn gathers.
Attendance is 714.
Altrincham 64 mins: Left wing cross from Perry is met by the head of Damien Reeves and he makes it 1-1.
Sub. Altrincham 62 mins: Smikle and Walshaw replaced by Nicky Clee and Kyle Perry.
Ashley Sammons lets fly from 30 yards and forces Coburn to scramble across his goal and push the ball wide. Corner is headed clear.
Assistant manager Matt Gardiner angry with linesman over free kick placement. All he gets is a load of abuse from the away fans.
Huge appeals for handball against Munday from Brian Smikle's strike in the penalty area but nothing given.
Munday glances a header wide from Thorley's throw.
Nelson-Addy breaks free up the centre but is finally stopped in his tracks.
Sub: Ebby Nelson-Addy on for Daniel Nti.
Firm strike from Havern gathered by Sargeant.
Two extra minutes to play.
Sargeant saves a free kick from Walshaw. City under siege at the moment.
Lawrie flashes a corner across the six yard box without anybody getting a touch.
Densmore's free kick gets up over the wall and is saved by Sargeant on his near post.
Thorley tries to emulate Glover's strike from distance but only succeeds in finding the advertising boards.
Lawrie warned a late tackle on Thorley.
The physios give the thumbs up to the bench so it looks like Nti is alright.
Nti has fallen awkwardly on his knee following an aerial challenge with Gianluca Havern. This doesn't look too good.
Jake Moult gets through the challenge of Richard Munday but then fluffs his lines and his chance goes wide.
James Walshaw sends a long range drive over the top of Sargeant's goal.
That is one of the sweetest strikes you'll see. What a way for City to get off the mark in their temporary home.
City 26 mins: Thorley's ball into the area is headed into the air by Nti and Danny Glover cracks an unstoppable left for volley beyond Coburn. Stunning strike.
Danny Boshell delivers a cross from the left but can't find a team mate. The visitors have stemmed the City flow of late.
Altrincham corner from Lawrie is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.
City pressing high up the pitch, giving the visitors no time on the ball.
A lovely passing move from City ends with Coburn saving from Aaron Williams. Impressive stuff.
Drive from Aaron Williams is blocked by Shaun Densmore for a corner which comes to nothing. Good start from the hosts.
Fierce shot on the turn from Daniel Nti saved by Coburn.
Like Hubbins tricks his way int the area but his cross is hacked away.
James Lawrie with the free kick from the left, ball flies off a stray head and is punched away by Matt Sargeant.
Plenty of early hustle and bustle from both teams.
Free kick from Tom Thorley is punched clear by Stuart Coburn.
A good crowd inside Aggborough, with a decent following from Alty.
Ok, the teams are out and we're almost ready for the off he at Aggborough.
New-look programme for #wcfc http://t.co/HOguFDvJpt— @worcesternews 17 August 2013
Fans gathering for first #wcfc match at Aggborough. http://t.co/7RSe2Gf5B9— @worcesternews 17 August 2013
First game of the season. #WCFC— @CAndrews1989 17 August 2013
Today @WorcesterCityFc start a new era playing at Kidderminster, hopefully a few fans from the faithful city will support thier team! #WCFC— @garrymollart 17 August 2013
It's match day first game of the season today #WCFC #Buzzin 😉⚽— @P4lf97 17 August 2013
Good luck to @WorcesterCityFc today in a new era in their first home game at Aggborough. Let's hope we start with a win #wcfc #citytillidie— @richiehh 17 August 2013
Today's team sheet for #wcfc v Altrincham http://t.co/7GmMMkxgBm— @worcesternews 17 August 2013
There are five debutants in the Worcester City team for today's league opener.
George Williams, Richard Minday, Luke Hubbins, Daniel Nti and Aaron Williams all start, while new signing Graham Hutchison is also included.
Ashley Sammons, who played two games for Worcester last season, is in midfield, but New recruit Elliot Turner is not in the squad.
City: Sargeant, G Williams, Deeney, Thorley, Hutchison, Munday, Hubbins, Sammons, Nti, Glover, A Wiliams. Subs: Nelson-Addy, Walker, Shabir, D Williams, Chamberlain.
Altrincham: Coburn, Densmore, M Williams, Moult, Havern, Leather, Smikle, Boshell, Walshaw, Reeves, Lawrie. Subs: Doughty, Rodgers, Clee, Perry, Reid.
Referee: Martin Dexter.
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