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LIVE: Worcester City v Tividale

By Andy Mitchell

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    LIVE: City 0 Tividale 1 (Smith 39)
  • DAN Smith’s curler six minutes before half-time spoiled City’s homecoming by firing Tividale to victory at Claines Lane.
  • The striker pinched the ball after a heavy touch from last defender Joe Hawkins to bear down on Dan Jezeph one-on-one, unerringly curling high into the top corner across goal.
  • It was indicative of Tividale’s play all night, happy to be without the ball for spells but snapping at City heels at every opportunity.
  • Worcester, playing the club’s first competitive fixture in the city for more than seven years, stayed patient and put together flashes of stylish play without truly overstretching battle-hardened opponents.
  • Shots came in from every angle but most were routine for on-song keeper Adam Harrison, while the right decision or delivery when around the 18-yard box was lacking all too often.
  • City had impetus from the off but got met with a solid yellow wall and had to wait 32 minutes for the first clear opening, Dave Reynolds gliding away from his marker to cushion a first-time effort from Tom Turton’s free-kick into Harrison's gloves.
  • Tivi might have struck slightly earlier but defender Matt Hunt had his downward header at the far post stopped by Jezeph before scrambling wide the rebound from point-blank range.
  • Once the goal went in, Tividale inevitably shut up shop and slowed down the play.
  • City manager Ashley Vincent shuffled things around with Aaron Roberts given licence to maraud down the right and openings gradually increased.
  • Substitute Sean Brain was lofted clean through in the 66th minute with Harrison sliding out and getting a vital touch while giving the striker a nudge for which the subsequent penalty claim was emphatically waved away.
  • Pressure grew and grew from there but clear sights of goal were rare with Tividale throwing bodies on the line to protect a precious three points.
  • City: Jezeph, Withington, Jones, Hawkins, Okojie, Roberts, Turton, Birch, Lockett, Willis, Reynolds.
  • Subs: Winwood, Adaggio, Brain, Mewies, Mooney.
  • Tivi: Harrison, Hurdman, Rawlins, Nugent, Barnes, Hunt, Hartley, Wilkinson, D Smith, Grosvenor, Carter.
  • Subs: Munthali, Antonio, Rowley, Hawks.