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Gainsborough Trinity 1 Worcester City 0
WORCESTER City’s trip to Northolme turned out to be anything but a magnificent seventh match of the season.
Following their impressive start to the campaign, which had yielded 12 points from six games, the St George’s Lane club’s unbeaten run finally came to an end.
It was a scrappy contest, epitomised by Darryn Stamp’s scrambled winner from a corner with five minutes to go.
But in all honesty, City can have few complaints at their first defeat of the season having ridden their luck to get a 0-0 draw at Histon last Tuesday and again failing to hit their stride in Lincolnshire.
The visitors managed just two shots on target in the entire game and neither looked like troubling keeper Jan Budtz.
As it was, the closest City came to scoring was when Trinity centre-half Luke Waterfall almost diverted Mike Symons’ second-half cross into his own net.
For most of the match, Carl Heeley’s team were on the defensive against a side that were happy to pepper long balls into the box.
By and large, the visitors dealt well with the threat, the back four repelling most attacks with ease, while goalkeeper Glyn Thompson showed a safe pair of hands behind them. Yet the longer the game went on either Worcester were going to nick it or Trinity were finally going to break down the visitors’ resolve.
It proved to be the latter as Whitehead conceded a needless corner trying to nod back to Thompson and, from the flag-kick, Stamp bundled the ball over the line inside a congested six-yard box.
City had their moments, all of which came in the second-half following a first period in which Heeley’s side failed to turn up as an attacking force.
But despite their pressing and causing the hosts problems in the final third, the decisive ball was lacking.
At the moment, Worcester seem to have lost their way up front, a strange situation considering they scored 13 goals in their first five games and put five past Corby Town two weeks ago.
Last Saturday, leading scorer Symons and Danny Glover found themselves starved of service on too many occasions and they were out of sorts when the ball did find its way to them.
In midfield, City were out-muscled at times and even the return from injury of Rob Elvins did not help them in that respect.
However, if you had offered them one defeat from their first seven matches, I’m sure they would have taken it.
They know they can play better and they’ll have to when Droylsden visit the Lane on Saturday.