MANAGER Chris Cornes knows his Worcester City side still has plenty of work to do in order to reach the FA Vase Final at Wembley.

Elliot Hartley's brilliant effort 13 minutes from time means City take a 1-0 lead over Great Wakering Rovers to Southend on Saturday for the second-leg of the semi-final.

And on the evidence of Saturday's 90 minutes, this tie is anything but done and Cornes is well aware that the job is only half done.

"1-0 is hardly here nor there really and it's a slender lead," said the boss. "I think their game plan was that they would have probably taken a 1-0 scoreline at the start of the day. Even at 1-0 down, they didn't really play with any intensity so they will probably be the happier of the two sides.

"The feeling in the dressing room (City) is a little bit quiet because the performance wasn't really there from us. We are 1-0 up from the first-leg and I would have taken that at the start of the day happily.

"But there were a few below-par performances. But, it's football and we cannot be 80/90 percent every week, sometimes you have to dig a result out and play what's ahead of you.

"I am happy with the result, why wouldn't I be, but we are only half-way there."

Those comments were echoed by captain Adam Mace, who also heaped praise on teammate and match-winner Hartley. 

"You never judge anyone on league position, they (Great Wakering) are a really well-organised outfit.

"We didn't take them for granted in any way shape or form and it was probably a bog-standard first-leg of a cup final.

"But we are delighted to take a lead with us to Southend next week. I thought Elliot Hartley was absolutely brilliant when he came on and scores a fantastic goal.

"He was probably disappointed to be sitting on the bench but his attitude was brilliant and to come on and do what he did, hats off to him."