WORCESTER City might well have chalked up a sixth straight victory to lift them up to third in the Midland League Premier Division but there were plenty of anxious moments for boss John Snape.

The loss of defender Jamie Smith early in the game with a cut above the eye was bad enough but to have keeper Dan Jezeph as star performer against a team languishing in the bottom two was a major concern.

His saves at the start of the game were vital in maintaining his side’s winning run, a fact not lost on the manager who saw his team weather the early storm before snatching a half-time lead.

“Dan has come in on loan from Tamworth and kept us in the game in the first 20 minutes,” Snape said.

“He has pulled off two or three excellent saves.

“To be fair to Wolverhampton, I can’t knock their effort and commitment.

"They were in our faces and didn’t give us a second and we never had the quality I expect from the senior players, let alone the young lads who might well have an off-day.

“It was disappointing and we were all at sea. We scored very much against the run of play — a great ball in and a great header from Jordan (Harrison) who gets himself free in the box.”

That goal came after Jezeph had pulled off two excellent saves to deny Sporting striker Josh Cooke.

The home side hit back at the start of the second half when skipper Dan Scragg steered a shot past the on-loan shot-stopper.

Liam Lockett’s strike on 72 minutes restored City’s lead and James Baldwin volleyed in a third five minutes later before Nehemia Zazi hit a second for the hosts deep in injury-time as Worcester were caught on the break.

Snape added: “We go in at half-time and it was acknowledged by the senior players that it wasn’t good enough.

"But they’ve then got the goal and we’ve dipped to our lowest.

“Then slowly but surely as they tired after an hour that little bit of quality we have on the ball began to tell.

"We scored our second and third and there could have been a fourth had it not been for a deflection that just pushed it over the bar.

“But we’ve got involved and that's not our game — and that’s not what I want us to be about.

"I want us to play football and have respect for referees and linesman. But they did make some decisions which, like us, were very frustrating.

“Jamie has gone to hospital with a bad cut and will be struggling for Wednesday (at home to Quorn). With him, Andy Gallinagh and Dave Reynolds out and Kyonn Evans and Chris Whittington unavailable we have five good pros to come back in but it’s when they are available to come back in.

“It’s fantastic to get six straight wins but this was the worst one of a good bunch.

"The only disappointment this season has been our goals against — we have to look at that in the next two games particularly. Quorn are very good going forward.”

City: Jezeph, Weir, Osbourne, English, Stoddart, Smith (Bates 20), Birley (Lewis 57), Forsyth, Harrison, Baldwin (Moran 84), Lockett. Subs not used: Gwynne, Dayus.

Attendance: 154.