Worcester City (H) 18/19
Coventry United FC v Worcester City FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 29thDecember 2018
Venue: Butts Park Arena
Hello one and all. After the disappointment of losing the Boxing Day derby to Sphinx, United are soon back in action today with another mouth-watering home fixture against Worcester City.
This is always another tough fixture for United and although Worcester have had a similar season as United so far, this will I’m sure be another battle of a game.
United manager Terry Anderson has added some new players to his squad so we will have to see how this impacts on United’s performance.
The referee gets the game under way and Worcester have a fantastic early start when they press and the No10 Jamal Lawrence pinches the ball off United’s Jamal Clarke before racing into the area and slotting the ball past the on-rushing United keeper Brendan Bunn for the opening goal in the 1stminute.
UNITED 0 WORCESTER 1
United are now a goal down with plenty to do already. The game resumes and United look to get back on level terms but both teams are still trying to get to terms with the bobbly pitch as passes from both sides go astray as they cancel each other out.
The first booking of the game comes in the 12thminute when the Worcester No5 Jordan Stoddart brings down United’s Kai Williams on the edge of the box and receives a yellow card for his troubles. The resulting free kick sees a tamely hit shot fall easily into the arms of the Worcester keeper Sam Gilder.
Worcester are forced into an early change when the No5 Jordan Stoddart has to go off injured and is replaced by the No12 Tom Fishwick in the 20thminute.
Chances are a rarity at the moment but United break forward with pace in the 27thminute. They work the ball into the area where a goalmouth scramble ensues before United’s Eli Bako shot is cleared off the line and out to safety. Soon after another booking is issued this time to the Worcester No6 Callum McFarlane for a foul on Kai Williams in the 29thminute. With United putting some concerted pressure on the Worcester defence, the Worcester No3 Jamie Smith is booked for hauling down United’s Ben Vallance in the 33rdminute.
More United pressure sees another break forward when Kai Williams races clear but looks to be hauled down on the edge of the area but the appeals for a penalty are waved away and the resulting free kick is easily dealt with in the 34thminute.
As the half draws to an end, both teams seem to just cancel each other out until the referee blows up for half time.
UNITED 0 WORCESTER 1
The second half gets under way with neither team’s making any changes during the break. United start brightly and press forward from a throw in when Jake Holt picks up the ball and decides to shoot from 25yrds out but his effort blazes over the bar in the 48thminute.
Worcester then respond when they win a corner in the 50thminute. It’s taken by the No11 Liam Lockett and his pinpoint cross picks out the No8 George Forsyth who heads in from close range to double his teams lead.
UNITED 0 WORCESTER 2
Now that’s a cruel blow for United. They have a huge mountain to climb now so will have to try and create some clear cut chances on goal. United respond by making a change when they take off Luke Jones and send on Kevin Thornton in the 60thminute.
Worcester keep United at bay with ease and push forward and win a corner in the 62ndminute that sees the No9 Jordan Harrison send his header just wide of the post. Then Worcester make another change when they take off the No10 Jamal Lawrence and send on the No15 Kyonn Evans in the 63rdminute. United then follow suit when they take off Jamal Clarke and send on Joe Cairns to add another body up front in the 64thminute.
United are starting to run out of time if they are to get anything out of this game and they press forward again in the 71stminute when Ben Vallance tries his luck with a shot from a full 25yrds out but his effort goes wide of the target. United make their final change in the 73rdminute when they take off Harrison Sawyer and send on Curvin Ellis.
A booking in the 76thminute is given to the Worcester No9 Jordan Harrison for kicking the ball away. The two minutes later, United go close with a Jake Holt header that goes just over the bar from a kevin Thornton free kick in the 78thminute.
Worcester complete their changes in the 79thminute when they take off the No9 Jordan Harrison and send on the No16 Kaoui Attoumani.
With the game now into the last 10 minutes, United are not giving up which is a credit to the lads. They press forward in the 81stminute before Kai Williams turns sharply before sending his shot just wide of the target. Then a few minutes later in the 85thminute United’s Joe Cairns gets himself booked for dissent.
The game is now into added time and United see a Kevin Thornton free kick easily gathered by the Worcester keeper Sam Gilder in the 90+1 minute before soon after hearing the whistle go for full time and United slip to another home defeat.
UNITED 0 WORCESTER 2
In summing up this game I would have to say WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOALS GONE? In the last six games United have only managed to score 2 goals and today’s game was pretty much the same as usual, where by they see plenty of the ball but are finding it hard to turn their possession into converted chances.
After going behind to an early goal, United worked hard to try and get back in the game but to be fair lacked the creativity to conjure up many clear cut chances to get themselves back into the game. Worcester did not create many chances either but to be fair they did look more threatening up front when they had the ball and took 2/3 of their chances to get in front and hold on to claim the 3pts.
Players worthy of a mention today would have to be the No7 Matt Birley. He was busy all game in the midfield and showed a good range of passing when allowed too.
For United, todays team performance was a little under par to be fair but to pick out a few I would say that Jake Holt and Gift Mussa worked hard in a sticky midfield. Debutant Eli Bako showed some glimpses of good skill but for me the best performer in a Red shirt was Kyle Barnett. Kyle stood strong in the centre of defence and made plenty of good interventions to thwart Worcester throughout the game so well played Kyle Barnett.
Match Stats United Worcester
On target (3) (3)
Off Target (7) (4)
Corners (1) (5)
Free kicks (20) (14)
Yellow cards (1) (4)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (3) (6)