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Fortress Lane is just so perfect
WORCESTER City continue to go from strength to strength at St George’s Lane after making it four wins out of four this season.
Michael Taylor’s header and a Tom Thorley penalty, either side of an own goal from Stuart Whitehead, ensured Carl Heeley’s team still have a 100 per cent record on their own turf.
The four triumphs to date may have come against teams currently dwelling in the bottom-half of Blue Square Bet North, including three of the bottom four, but Worcester still have the joint best record in the division.
Only leaders Brackley and second-placed Chester have won all their games at HQ, while only one other side, Stalybridge Celtic, are yet to be beaten at home.
While they are in good company, it is also telling that City are seeing off teams at the Lane without really hitting top form — often cited as a benchmark for sides with ambition of challenging for honours.
It wasn’t a walk in the park against Droylsden — the Bloods enjoyed a bright start and made their hosts work for the points in the second period — but it was sufficient for City to bounce back 2-1 after defeat at Gainsborough.
At times they were very good, particularly towards the end of the first-half, but there were also moments when things failed to click.
Adjusting to a new 4-3-3 formation didn’t help their cause although it could become another string to their bow with more work.
Taylor’s inclusion for a first start of the season in a front three with Mike Symons and Danny Glover, was a surprise, yet yielded his second goal of the campaign — the striker pouncing after Jacob Rowe had nodded Thorley's corner back across the box.
With Greg Mills suspended, Matt Birley was recalled to form a midfield triumvirate with Rob Elvins and Thorley, putting the emphasis on full-backs Tyler Weir and Ellis Deeney to provide the attacking width.
It succeeded in spells, the midfield trio covering plenty of ground to keep the hosts ticking over, but also created gaps at the back.
City shot themselves in the foot for the equaliser, Birley’s squandering of possession leading to Mike Phenix’s cross being diverted past Glyn Thompson by Whitehead.
But the introduction of Charlie Reece and sub Matt Breeze got Worcester moving again, the former intent on proving a point after being left out of the starting XI.
Breeze, back following suspension, was equally as industrious and was pushed over by Alex Coleman for the penalty which Thorley coolly converted.
A third goal would have taken the edge off a nervy finale but City held out for the points and now have 12 from 12 at home.