WORCESTER City survived a real scare at bottom-of-the-league Wantage Town to take a step closer to the Hellenic League Premier title with a dramatic 3-2 win.

Izak Reid's acrobatic overhead kick saw City come from 2-1 down to open up a four-point lead at the top of the table in what was a thrilling encounter in Oxfordshire.

Dylan Hart headed the visitors into an expected ninth-minute lead, but two goals for Wantage turned the game on its head.

The equaliser came via the head of Mason Muckleburg as he beat Whitcombe to a cross to head home.

Izak Reid had a great chance to level but saw his effort clawed away by the keeper and away for a corner before Wantage took a shock lead when Josh Elms reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box to stab home.

Liam Lockett’s fierce strike from distance almost levelled for City but Wantage continued to threaten at the other end and Whitcombe just about denied them a third with his shin.

City pushed forward in search of an equaliser in the second-half and defender Kirk Layton had two early chances to bring City back level.

But Wantage were still proving dangerous and Whitcombe was once more called into action to keep a header from creeping into the corner.

City thought they had spurned their chance to get back in the game when Belmonte's penalty was saved just after the 70th minute, but the City number 10 made amends within a couple of minutes as he fired home to make it 2-2.

The chaotic nature of the game continued as only 60 seconds later, Wantage were awarded a penalty of their own following Layton's trip, but Whitcombe made the save to keep the scores level.

And that proved decisive as, just like they have all season, City found a way and with 12 minutes to play, Reid's acrobatic overhead kick rippled the back of the net to complete the comeback.