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FA VASE LIVE: Atherstone Town v Worcester City

By Andy Mitchell

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    FULL-TIME AET: Atherstone 1 (Ruff 41) City 1 (Adaggio 63)
  • TEN-man CITY’s Wembley dream is still alive after battling to a 1-1 draw with Atherstone Town in a tie marred by objects being thrown from the crowd at manager Ashley Vincent and his staff.
  • Marco Adaggio was the hero again as his close-range finish on the hour mark cancelled out Josh Ruff’s first-half opener in the round of 16 FA vase clash at the mark Webster Community Stadium.
  • The games was played out in front of 842 supporters but incidents involving Atherstone fans and the Worcester City dugout right the way through the game left a sour taste.
  • Atherstone enjoyed plenty of the ball in the first half but failed to create any clear-cut chances and it was City who could have taken the lead through Adaggio when his strike was saved by Carl O’Neill at the near post.
  • Atherstone began to make more openings as the game entered the final 15 minutes of the half and created the first real opportunity when Dan Jezeph stopped a fizzing shot from Sam Belcher as the ball pinged around the City box.
  • The game seemed to kick into action after that and Sean Brain had a glorious chance to open the scoring when he rounded the keeper after going one-on-one. But his touch was heavy and the defence recovered the situation and blocked the attempt.
  • Adders took the lead minutes before half-time when Sam Belcher drove forward and managed to play Josh Ruff into the box before he poked it past Jezeph in the City goal via a deflection.
  • The goal sparked some unsavoury scenes behind the City dugout and Ashley Vincent and his staff were visibly agitated after Atherstone fans threw objects towards the City bench.
  • The Worcester boss reacted at half-time and made two changes; bringing on Jordan Harrison and Dan Okojie, changing the formation to 4-3-3.
  • The change had the desired affect and City started to look more threatening going forward. Adaggio was fouled by the keeper as he went to compete for a ball over the top and it looked for all money that the referee would produce a red card.
  • The keeper somehow got away with just a yellow but irritation turned to celebration minutes later when the Italian got City back on terms.
  • Luke English’s long throw was half cleared to the edge of the box where Liam Lockett swung a volley back towards goal only for O’Neill to spill the shot and Adaggio pounced to score his third cup goal in two games.
  • Issues on the touchline continued throughout but City were pushing for the winning goal and looked the more likely to find it but with five minutes to go a moment of madness took the wind out of City’s sails.
  • Kurtis Mewies scissor tackle right in front of the Adders dugout was late and it was of little surprise to see him sent for an early shower.
  • Atherstone tried to make the most of the man advantage but could not force Jezeph into any serious action and the game finished level.
  • Heading into the first period of extra-time and the hosts continued to push and they nearly found a way through when Ryan Quinn got in behind the City defence, only for Dan Okojie to intervene with a crucial tackle to stop a certain goal.
  • The second period saw very little in terms of chances and Atherstone resorted to long balls into the box to force a winner but Jezeph and the defence held firm and ensured City would be in the hat for the quarter-finals.

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