WORCESTER City’s dismal Midland League Premier Division run continued with a 1-1 draw against basement boys Wolverhampton Sporting Community.

With just one win in their last seven league games City are now down to eighth and that impressive 15-match unbeaten run early in the season seems a lifetime ago.

Jordan Harrison handed Worcester an early lead, heading in a James Baldwin cross on 17 minutes, but the visitors grabbed an equaliser through Taylor Allen 10 minutes from the end following a mistake by Jamie Smith.

We give our analysis on how the action unfolded at the Victoria Ground.


City are so much better when George Forsyth is in the middle of the park.

I’m not saying that Forsyth can’t defend ­— he seems to be one of those annoying individuals who can play anywhere ­— but when partnering Jordan Stoddart in the heart of defence he is unable to influence the game.

Much of City’s best work against Wolves came through Forsyth, whether it was a short pass to move play in a different direction, long-range pass to set up an attack or just a timely interception.

It would have been a man-of-the-match display had it not been for …


Apologies to James Baldwin as I’m sure he left his boyhood years behind him quite a while back.

But baby-faced or not the Wolves defenders, particularly right-back Luke Delaney, will be having nightmares for a few days yet after Worcester’s wing wonder tormented them.

They just could not handle his pace and trickery and on another day he could well have been claiming a handful of assists rather than just the one ­— a delightful cross that hung invitingly for Harrison to nod home.


Worcester’s link with League Two side Cheltenham Town certainly seems to have uncovered a star in the making.

Grant Horton has just turned 17 but showed he has a maturity beyond his years.

He is tall, quick and reads the game well.

Can’t recall him putting a foot wrong throughout the game unlike some of those around him who struggled with their game management and decision-making at times.

Ashley Vincent has excellent contacts with Cheltenham and City can benefit greatly by having the likes of Horton as part of the player’s development.


City should have been out of sight by half-time.

Baldwin caused havoc on the wing and yet too often his team-mates lacked the finishing touch and maybe a little composure.

To be fair to the visitors, they flung their bodies in front of a few and keeper Connor Hopkins made two excellent saves in the second half to keep out powerful shots from Forsyth and Chris Withington.

But you need to take your chances when you are in control otherwise you can get bitten on the backside.

It happened against Loughborough University and it happened again against Wolves ­— two sides struggling at the foot of the table.


It’s always tricky to play a side when they’ve just appointed a new manager.

Wolves had Wayne Spicer in the dugout for the first time and it was clear that his players upped their game.

Mind you, that might also have had something to do with his assistant being former City favourite Graham Ward!


MIDLAND LEAGUE PREMIER: Worcester City 1 (Harrison 17), Wolverhampton Sporting Community 1 (Allen 80).

City: Gilder 6, Caines 5, Smith 4, Forsyth 7.5, Stoddart 6, Horton 6.5, Withington 6.5 (Lockett 83, 5), Attoumani 7, Harrison 6 (Lemon 58, 6.5), Evans 6 (Lawrence 85, 5), Baldwin 8. Subs (not used): Birley, Willis

Wolves SC: Hopkins 7.5, Delaney 3.5, Ashfall 6, Burke 6, Cameron 6.5, Chouchane 6 (Skeldon 55, 7), Agbor 5, Smith 6, Allen 6.5, Clarke 5.5 (Hussain 85, 5), Zaman 5.5. Subs (not used): O’Neill, Dodd, Davies.

Attendance: 200

Referee: A Robinson 6.