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Worcester City 1 Stalybridge Celtic 2
2:48pm Saturday 13th October 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
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- Worcester City v Stalybridge Celtic
- 26 mins: Glover 1-0
- 52 mins: Pepper 1-1
- 88 mins: Platt 1-2
Full-time. City lose at home for the first time this season.
City have a late corner. Thorley takes it but Celtic scramble clear.
RED CARD. Stalybridge (90+4 mins): Austin for a reckless lunge on Matt Sargeant.
RED CARD. City (90+2 mins): Elvins gets a second yellow for a foul on Barrow.
GOAL. Stalybridge (88 mins): Pepper's shot has Sargeant at full stretch to push the ball past the post. From the corner, Kristian Platt heads home.
Elvins plays the ball to Breeze in acres of space just inside the box but his shot is tame and straight at Cairns.
The ball comes back into the box and Elvins heads into the side-netting.
Thorley breaks into the box and draws a save from Cairns. Edwards takes the resulting corner and Celtic clear.
Elvins is pushed back into centre midfield.
SUB. City (77 mins): Stuart Whitehead on for Charlie Reece. The captain is on to strengthen the defence.
Edwards picks out Matt Breeze in the area and his header is well saved by Cairns.
SUB. Stalybridge (73 mins): Jack Laird comes on for Dennis Sherriff.
SUB. City (71 mins): Danny Edwards replaces Greg Mills.
YELLOW CARD. City (69 mins): Rob Elvins for foul on the right-side of the penalty area.
Manager Carl Heeley getting increased riled by the decisions going against his team. The post-match interviews could be fun.
Dennis Sherriff's shot is straight at Sargeant and the keeper will gobble those up all day.
Weir clashes with Pepper, referee does nothing. Things are starting to boil over here.
Following a good performance from the referee in the first-half, it's fair to say he's not popular among the home fans at the moment.
Sargeant beats Pepper to the ball on the ground. He needed to get that right or it would have been another penalty.
YELLOW CARD. City (57 mins): Joel Bembo-Leta for foul on Mills.
Attendance given as 1,038. Second four-figure gate in a row.
Elvins has now moved to centre-half in the Worcester reshuffle.
Austin's shot is svaed low down by Sargeant as Stalybridge press.
GOAL. Stalybridge: (53 mins): Pepper beats Matt Sargeant with the spot kick.
RED CARD. City (52 mins): Lee Ayres is sent off for a foul on Mitchell Austin. It's a penalty.
Cairns comes sprinting out of his area to beat Glover to the ball.
SUB. Stalybridge: Adam Pepper on for Jamie Mullan.
Second-half kicks off.
Half-time. That's the best 45 minutes from City this season without doubt.
Incredibly, City have their first corner of the game. Reece shoots and his effort is blocked.
Tom Thorley tries to chip the keeper from half-way with a free-kick and is only inches over. Audacious and quality.
City get a free-kick on the right level with the six-yard box. Ellis Deeney swings the ball into the area but Rob Elvins is beaten to it in the air.
Glover tries an effort from 30 yards. Why not? he's brimming with confidence. It goes wide.
SUB. Stalybridge (32 mins): Corey Gregory comes on from Sam Egerton. Not sure if that's an injury or the visitors not being able to handle City's attacking play.
Mills fires inches wide following a tidy turn and pass from Glover. City are purring.
GOAL. City (26 mins): Neat build-up play leads to Tyler Weir crossing the ball across the six-yard box and giving Glover an easy tap-in. Fine goal.
Glover diverts a neat header into the path of Thorley, he sprints clear down the right before having his shot charged down.
Jordan Barrow's shot from distance is comfortably wide. He had more time than he thought.
Celtic beginning to see more of the ball. Perhaps City should have done more with their earlier possession.
Mitchell Austin heads wide from the first corner of the game. It was well wide too.
We've only beenplaying 16 minutes and already a few home fans are showing frustration and demanding City get the ball forward. Give the players a chance!
City's passing has been excellent in the last few minutes. Just need that final ball now.
Fiercely-driven Stalybridge free-kick is well defended by Glover.
Mills and Glover doing plenty of closing down and putting pressure on the Stalybridge defence.
Reece shoots from distance, the keepers spills the ball but soon gathers. A promising start from the hosts.
City look to be set-up 4-3-3 with Charlie Reece and Greg Mills in support of Danny Glover.
The game kicks off. City will be attacking the dressing room end in the first-half.
Striker Mike Symons has failed to recover from a hamstring injury, meaning Charlie Reece is selected up front with Danny Glover.
Matt Sargeant keeps his place in goal, as does Lee Ayres at centre-half, leaving Glyn Thompson and captain Stuart Whitehead on the bench.
Worcester City: Sargeant, Weir, Deeney, Thorley, Ayres, Rowe, Breeze, Elvins, Glover, Reece, Mills. Subs: Whitehead, Edwards, Birley, Taylor, Thompson.
Stalybridge Celtic: Cairns, Bembo-Leta, Lees, Platt, Egerton, Warburton, Barrow, Wilkinson, Sherriff, Mullan, Austin. Subs: Ryan, Lindsay, Gregory, Laird, Pepper.
Referee: Michael D’Aguilar.