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Worcester City 4 Coventry Sphinx 0
Updated 4:58pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
This live event has finished
- New signing Niall Thompson starts for City
- Phil Trainer does not have permission from Nuneaton to play
- Ethan Moore is injured
- 1-0: Taundry 29 mins
- Red card: Baxter 59 mins
- 2-0: Thompson 80 mins
- 3-0: Nti 86 mins
- 4-0: Lemmon 89 mins
Coventry 90+5 mins: Ricky Fletcher for foul on Danny Williams.
The scoreline doesn't quite reflect the game but City won't be bothered about that.
City 89 mins: Lemmon beats the offside trap and beats O'Neill for the fourth.
Sub. City 87 mins: James Lemmon comes on for Danny Glover.
City 86 mins: Thompson works the ball to Nti, he spins his marker and fires the ball beyond O'Neill.
Sub. City 84 mins: Danny Williams on for Aaron Williams.
City after a third now.
City 80 mins: Thompson weaves his way down the left, gets into the box and cracks the ball into the top corner. Fine strike and that should be game over.
Matthew Bannister completely wastes a free kick, sending it almost out of the ground.
Sub. City 78 mins: Ebby Nelson-Addy on for Richard Taundry.
Thorley's corner is headed clear.
It's getting a bit spiky now, challenges flying in.
Taundry is riled by challenge by Downie but he did take the ball.
Sub. Coventry 70 mins: Ross Knight replaces Ashley Wilks.
Thompson gets over a cross from the right and Williams fires wide.
City 68 mins: Nti for clattering into the keeper.
Sphinx have gone three at the back.
Sub. Coventry 64 mins: Benjamin Atkins and Jackson Downie on for Hayden Wright and Ricky Hill.
Keeper O'Neill is down hurt in the area and needs treatment. Ok to continue.
City 59 mins: Taundry for retaliation. That could have been a red as well.
Coventry 59 mins: Kyle Baxter shown a straight red for a challenge on Taundry.
Veiga shows some good skills in the box but then gives the ball away with his clearance. City living dangerously.
Coventry 55 mins: Murdock for foul on Veiga.
Shabir Khan shanks the ball behind for a needless corner. It comes to nothing.
Thompson cuts inside his marker, into the box and fires a tame shot wide of goal.
The general consensus at half-time is that City are fortunate to be ahead and need a quick second goal to calm the nerves.
Attendance is 514.
I think we're now on to the fifth ball, four have been kicked out and the other one was flat. As is the game at the moment.
Worcester finishing the half on top.
Cross from Thompson, Nti's shot is blocked.
City still not totally at ease. Murdock's pace is a problem for them.
Long ball forward from Glover finds Daniel Nti, he turns his man and fires wide.
That's tough on Sphinx, they have created the better openings.
City 29 mins: Richard Taundry drives the ball home like an arrow from just outside the apex of the box.
Sphinx are first to every second ball at the moment and City look a bit lacklustre.
Coventry have certainly raised their game here. City don't look comfortable.
Thompson's piledriver from distance is pushed past the post by O'Neill. Corner comes to nothing.
Baxter delivers the first corner of the game but it goes behind and out of play.
Now Murdock has crashed the ball against the other post and Veiga has tipped over from Kyle Baxter. Dangerous times.
Best move of the match from City ends with Ellis Deeney prodding the ball through to the keeper.
Thompson's delivery is punched away by the keeper but he didn't look entirely convincing.
Jerome Murdock curls an effort against the post with Jose Veiga beaten. Let off for Worcester.
Danny Glover heads over the bar but that wasn't really threatening Carl O'Neill's goal.
Still waiting for first clear chance, Sphinx matching their hosts at present.
Richard Munday puts the ball on the roof of the main stand. Along with Shabir Khan's clearance a few seconds before, that's two lost already.
Two decent crosses from the right from new signi Niall Thompson. He looks quick, too.
Doesn't look like the biggest crowd here at Aggborough today, I reckon under 500.
City welcome back Richard Taundry and Richard Munday while Stuart Whitehead is among the seven substitutes allowed in this competition.
Worcester City: Veiga, Hutchison, Deeney, Thorley, Munday, Khan, Thompson, Taundry, Nti, Williams, Glover. Subs: J Smith, Nelson-Addy, Whitehead, Rooney, D Williams, Lemmon, Sargeant.
Coventry Sphinx: O'Neill, Wright, Hill, Baxter, Fletcher, Fowler, Galdins, Bannister, Wilks, Murdock, Dainty. Subs: Sullivan, Sockett, Atkins, Dyke, Downie, Knight, Bilic.
Referee: Matthew Jones.
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