WORCESTER City interim boss Craig Jones continued his undefeated start as his side enjoyed a Boxing Day 2-1 win over county rivals Stourport Swifts.

It was only City’s second win in the Midland Football League Premier Division season but they now move up a couple of places to 14th in the table.

It was an even affair for the most part but it was City who took the lead when Andy Nicol’s somewhat accidental touch nudged the ball through to Chris Withington, who slotted home past Swifts’ keeper Dom Richards.

Swifts had plenty of possession throughout the opening period and created a handful of chances that were kept out by good defending and Dan Jezeph in the City goal.

Into the second-half and the visitors thought they had extended their lead but Sean Brain’s celebrations were cut short after the linesman raised his flag after the ball had hit the back of the net.

The hosts drew level in the 63rd minute as Drew Canavan tapped home from close range after Bailey Fuller had done well to get into the City box.

And then with 10 minutes left on the clock, Jamie Smith chipped in a corner that cause all sorts of problems in the six yard box before Aaron Roberts eventually slammed the ball home to spark jubilant celebrations from the travelling City support.

Jones, who has started his temporary term in charge with a draw and a win in the league, was a happy man post-match.

“First and foremost I thought we were hard working and disciplined” he said.

“We were last week as well (1-1 with Tividale) but the difference was this week we had that little bit more quality.

“I think it proves that Ashley Vincent was right, this team has the quality and the attitude.

“There are a few things that needed to be done differently and so far, touch wood, it’s going to plan.

“I have challenged the boys to be a bit quicker moving the ball in the final third as we have sometimes been a bit safe so we did that better today.

“We were resilient when they had their good spells and then when they scored, just like we did last week, we didn’t capitulate and we bounced back to win.”