Worcester City (1)
Worcester City FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 17th February 2018
Venue: Victoria Ground
Well hello one and all. We finally have a game to look forward to today and what a game we have in store too. United travel to Bromsgrove’s Victoria Ground to take on an in form Worcester City. Having seen them beat Coleshill Town at Pack Meadow last week they looked a very solid unit that will I’m sure be tough to break down so United will have to be at their very best if they are to claim the spoils.
United manager Terry Anderson’s side will look largely different from the team that demolished WCFC in the previous encounter when United ran out convincing 3-0 winners earlier in the season. It will be interesting to see how his new look team will fare against a side currently bang on form and not conceding many goals along the way.
The referee gets the game under way and the game starts very cagily as both teams try to get to grips with the sticky pitch and seem to just cancel each other out. The first incident of any note comes in the 15th minute when United have to make an early substitution when then Injured Tom James is replaced by Dominik Alleyne.
It takes until the 23rd minute for the first shot at goal and it comes from the WCFC No8 captain Brad Birch. WCFC press forward and the ball falls to Brad Birch in the centre of the field, 25yrds out but his tamely hit shot is easily gathered by United’s keeper Richard Morris. In the same minute WCFC break forward and the No10 David Renolds cuts into the area from wide on the right before seeing his powerful drive well saved by the keeper Richard Morris that goes out for a corner that is easily dealt with.
The first booking of the game goes to WCFC’s No8 Brad Birch for hauling down United’s Lewis Rankin in the 28th minute.
United are holding off the WCFC threat at the minute though to be fair they haven’t created too much by way of clear cut chances but are seeing a lot of possession of the ball. WCFC move the ball forward well in the 34th minute when the No7 Matthew Birley is put through but sees his shot crash into the side netting. More WCFC pressure forces a corner that’s taken by the No6 Nathan Hayward in the 36th minute. His cross is met by the head of WCFC’s Lee Hughes that requires the keeper Richard Morris to punch the ball out to safety.
United win a rare corner in the 38th minute that’s taken by Lewis Rankin. The ball falls to Dominik Alleyne and his goal bound shot is cleared off the line by the WCFC defence for United’s first shot on target in the game. Then from a quick throw in, United’s Shaquille McDonald does well to make space for his shot but it sadly goes high over the bar from 20 yrds out in the 39th minute.
After that brief spell of United pressure, WCFC are soon back on the offensive and create another good chance on the break when the No10 David Renolds races into the area and sees his low powerful drive well saved by the keeper Richard Morris to keep it at 0-0 in the 42nd minute. United’s keeper Richard Morris is called into action again in the 44th minute having to make another good save from WCFC’s David Renolds when they break quickly once more as the first half draws to a close. Soon after the referee blows up for half time and United have held WCFC at bay to go into the break level.
WCFC 0 UNITED 0
The second half gets under way with no further changes being made. WCFC look to take the game to United with the advantage of the slope in their favour. They waste no time in pressing forward and WCFC’s Lee Hughes shoots wide of the target connecting onto a free kick in the 46th minute.
The deadlock is finally broken in the 48th minute when United’s Niall Rowe is caught with the ball at his feet. The ball is then played across the edge of the area before the WCFC No11 Alex Tompkinson coolly drills the ball low and hard past the United keeper Richard Morris for the opening goal of the game.
WCFC 1 UNITED 0
Well that goal was always coming and probably to be fair deserved. United now have to venture out of their defensive set up if they are to get back into this game. Unfortunately four minutes later the situation gets a whole lot worse when WCFC break with pace again and the No10 David Renolds powers into the area before steering his low shot past the diving Richard Morris to double his teams lead in the 52nd minute with a well worked goal.
WCFC 2 UNITED 0
That mountain has just got twice as big to climb now so United have it all to do. United decide to make another change when they take off Kyle Barrett and send on debutant Joshua Cooke in the 56th minute.
WCFC continue to make most of the running and force a couple of set pieces that gladly come to nothing before United ventured forward to create only their second chance on goal so far. They break with Lewis Rankin who does well to set up Shaquille McDonald who then sees his shot go tamely straight to the keeper Nathan Vaughan in the 61st minute. United soon after make their final change of the afternoon when they take off Robert Prinzel and send on Kevin Thornton in the 62nd minute.
The game is starting to get a little niggly now and the referee books the WCFC No11 Alex Tomkinson for persistent fouling in the 66th minute. Then a few minutes later the ref’s book comes out again this time for United’s Jamal Clarke for his challenge on WCFC’s Lee Hughes in the 70th minute.
United rally and apply a bit of pressure of their own with the new lad Joshua Cooke firing high and wide in the 75th minute and Captain Chris Cox also shoots high and wide of the target in the 77th minute before the referee books WCFC’s Lee Hughes for an incident of shirt pulling in the build up. Then in the 78th minute WCFC decide to take off Lee Hughes and replace him with No12 James Baldwin.
The referee has been busy today so far and is called upon again to add another name in his book when he books the WCFC No3 Jamie Smith for hauling down Dominik Alleyne in the 80th minute. The game is now into the last ten minutes and WCFC decide to make a final change when they take off the No7 Matthew Birley and send on the No14 Bekie Halil in the 84th minute.
The final whistle is looming and the referee has time to book United’s Lewis Rankin for a tackle that looked from behind and was lucky not to get a straight red card in my opinion. During the melee that ensued the WCFC No4 Mark Smith was also booked for his protestations in the 87th minute. The game is now well into added time and WCFC break wide on the left with the No12 James Baldwin. He proceeds to cut the ball back from the by line and there in the right place at the right time is the No10 David Renolds who grabs his second goal of the game with a fantastic crisp finish to round off a cracking solo performance from him.
WCFC 3 UNITED 0
That turned out to be the last kick of the game as the referee blew up for full time and the spoils go to WCFC.
WCFC 3 UNITED O
In summing up this game I would have to say, SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE IT ON THE CHIN. This was always going to be a very tough game against a good inform side. The first half saw United stand up well to what WCFC had to offer and went into the break with the score at 0-0.
The second half saw WCFC come out fighting and upped their game which soon bared fruit with a couple of early goals to set them on their way. United never gave up and fought to the end before succumbing to a sucker punch deep into added time to compound a convincing victory in the end that could have been even more convincing were it not for three great first half saves from United’s keeper Richard Morris.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be WCFC’s David Renolds who had a fabulous game bagging himself a brace and assisting the other and was a constant threat all day so very well played David Renolds.
For United, Ben Vallance had yet another solid game at the back and was always on hand to get forward when the opportunity arose. Richard Morris kept his team in the game with three great first half saves and could do little about the goals conceded. Captain Chris Cox worked hard and never gave up but for me today the man of the match was Gift Mussa. Gift was once again fantastic today. He got in his opponents faces right from the off and never let up. He chased down lost causes and showed good energy right till the end so very well played Gift Mussa.
Match Stats United WCFC
On target (2) (8)
Off target (3) (4)
Corners (2) (7)
Free kicks (13) (11)
Yellow cards (2) (5)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (1) (5)