GOALS from Ben Billingham and Jordan Davies gave Lye Town all three points on Saturday as Worcester City’s fading promotion hopes were further dented.

The 2-0 defeat means City are now eleven points behind second-placed Boldmere St Michaels in the Midland Football League Premier Division with just seven games to play in the regular season.

Billingham’s powerful drive in the 37th minute broke the deadlock and then as the visitors pushed for an equaliser, Davies finished the game off three minutes from time as he rounded Adam Harrison to tuck home the second.

Only the top two get promotion from leagues at Step 5 and now it would take a small miracle for The Mikes to not finish in second, with AFC Wulfrunians in third still six points adrift.

Having sat in second place at points before Christmas, City have struggled for consistency and have managed just four wins in their last 11 games in the league. 

City know that they have to keep winning and after their late win last weekend against Racing Club Warwick, they headed to Lye in good spirits. 

There were very few chances to speak of before the hosts took the lead through Billingham's low strike.

Lye then hit the crossbar two minutes before the break as the lead so nearly doubled. 

Manager Tim Harris brought Archie Muirhead and Dan Westwood on at half-time as City looked to turn the game around. 

Both of those players had half chances for the visitors and they had a few promising attacks but overall it was a struggle for Harris' men.

Westwood skied a shot from inside the box late on but City were finished off in the 87th minute as Davies rounded Harrison and tapped home to condemn Worcester to another loss.

They now move on to back-to-back games with sides at the bottom of the league in Bewdley Town this Saturday (March 26) and Haughmond at Claines Lane the following Tuesday night (March 29).