Worcester City 2-1 Leamington
Vanarama Conference North
Jonny Bonell reports from Aggborough
TWO GOALS in four second half minutes secured a fifth win in six for Worcester City as Leamington’s search for a league win stretched to four matches.
Nick Wright and Graham Hutchison inflicted the damage, the second a free-kick routine straight off the training ground, before Danny Newton pulled one back with three minutes to go.
The visitors were hoping Worcester would still be recovering from their courageous FA Cup exploits over 1987 cup winners Coventry City last Sunday.
But there was to be no FA Cup hangover for the hosts although Carl Heeley’s side did struggle in the opening 15 minutes of the match.
The Brakes were looking to avenge their 2-0 FA Cup defeat in Kidderminster three weeks ago and dangerman Stefan Moore slashed his effort from the edge of the box wide before Nathan Vaughan denied the striker at his feet.
Wright played in full-back George Williams after 28 minutes but City’s player of the year drilled his first shot at Matt Morch before his follow-up header was also kept out by the stopper.
Danny Jackman went close ten minutes before the break as his deflected shot flew just past the post.
Mistakes started to creep into Worcester’s game after the restart and Weir’s poor clearance presented Lee Chilton with a chance on the edge of the box which he snatched at and scuffed wide.
Neither side were able to stamp their authority on proceedings as Daniel Nti flicked a header wide after 50 minutes before Newton wasted the visitors best opportunity of the game by smashing his strike behind from just six yards.
The game turned on its head after 76 minutes when Morch thought he had kept the scores level as he tipped behind substitute Connor Gater’s strike but Wright was on hand to head the hosts into the lead from the resulting corner.
And just three minutes later the margin was doubled. Sean Geddes won a free-kick on the right-hand side and a clever routine between himself and Ellis Deeney saw the former Manchester United trainee whip the ball to the front post for Hutchison to flick through Morch’s legs.
A nervous finale was set up when Morley’s free-kick picked out the unmarked Newton to head home, but there was to be no repeat of the 2-2 draw between the sides last time out as Leamington slipped down to their second defeat in four league matches.