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Post denies City a first win of season
12:27pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
THE thickness of a post denied Worcester City their first win of the season in a goalless draw at Colwyn Bay.
Nathan Rooney’s well struck free-kick from 25 yards, early in the second-half, smacked against an upright before rebounding out of a play for a Colwyn Bay throw in, and that was the closest either side came to breaking the stalemate.
Worcester, whose position at the bottom of the table was not helped by other results, probably just about deserved the points because they played the more controlled football at times, particularly in the second half, with new signing Richard Taundry having an impressive debut in midfield.
But it was game in which two solid defences kept scoring chances to a premium.
Exodus Geohaghon was a huge presence at the back for City, giving Colwyn Bay’s main striker, Rob Hopley, a tough afternoon.
Keeper Jose Veiga did well to tip a free-kick from home full-back Mike Lea over the bar, but apart from that he was never really troubled.
A half-chance for Hopley from a second-half corner, hit straight at Veiga, was the home side’s only other effort on target in a game in which neither keeper had too much to do.
Colwyn Bay manager Frank Sinclair, the ex-Chelsea defender, felt a draw was the right result and had encouraging words for Worcester fans.
“I have watched their last four games on video and they have been unlucky not to get more points from them,” he said.
“The new players they have brought in have done well and I told their manager before the game ‘if you keep playing the way you are, you’ll be fine.”
“There were only a few half-chances for both sides and it was one of those games where a mistake was going to decide it — and that never really happened.
“On another day we might have created more opportunities, but you have to give them (Worcester) credit for that. They were stubborn, defended well and deserved their point.”
Colwyn Bay felt they might have had a penalty in the first half, when Cameron Darkwah went down in the area, only to be booked for simulation — much to Sinclair’s disappointment.
“It looked a penalty to me. Cameron says he was definitely clipped and went down, which he is entitled to do,” said the Bay boss.
Darkwah, in fact had the best chance of the first-half, but sliced his sidefooted volley wide from 12 yards following a scramble inside the area.
For Worcester, shots from Danny Glover, Rooney and Taundry were all well off target, and an Ellis Deeney free kick went straight into the keeper’s waiting arms.
After Rooney had hit the post, Worcester huffed and puffed without being able to create a clear opening, with Daniel Nti curling a shot over the bar from 25 yards and Aaron Williams heading wide from a half-chance in the closing minutes.
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