MATCH REPORT Worcester City 1-1 Curzon Ashton
Monday 10th April 2017 10:23 Football Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

Curzon shared the points with Worcester on Saturday, and while the result didn’t really matter for the Nash, in the final reckoning, this point could prove the difference for Worcester to be playing in the National League next season.

In many ways this was a typical end of season encounter. Plenty of honest endeavour from both sides, not too much in the way of goalmouth action, a bumpy pitch making control difficult and in the end a fair result with neither side able to claim that they did enough to deserve to win.

In desperate need of the points, Worcester made a bright start to the game and had Curzon under early pressure but it was Curzon who created the first real chance, a flowing move ending with Matty Warburton dragging the final shot wide.

Worcester didn’t take long to gain the lead though.  Luke Clark’s attempt to cut out a long clearance saw him slice the ball into the path of Jordan Murphy who kept his head to place the ball past Cameron mason.

The lead only lasted three minutes as Niall Cummins flicked a Warburton free kick past Vaughan to restore parity.

Neither side could create another opening in a competitive first half, the closest being Luke Clark’s volley across the goal which Jordan Wright was inches away from turning in at the far post.

Jordan Wright looks to win the ball

Curzon upped the ante at the beginning of the second half.  Vaughan saved with his foot from Warburton after Cummins had beaten the offside trap, and a few minutes later Worcester survived a scramble with the keeper smothering the ball with Jonno Hunt waiting to pounce.

Worcester also had a couple of half chances, the best being a ball flashed across the face of the Curzon goal just begging to be converted, but fortunately for the Nash there was no Worcester player anywhere near it.

Warburton had a chance from a free kick after young Tyrell McKenzie had been fouled on the edge of the box, but his effort didn’t have enough pace to trouble Vaughan who made an easy save.

The final chance almost saw Worcester snatch the lead.  Callum Devlin had barely been on the pitch two minutes when he met a cross with a header which hit the outside of a post before the Curzon defence scrambled the ball away.

It would have been a crucial goal but at the end Worcester had to settle for a point to aid their survival bid.

 

By Ian Seymour

Picture by Maxine Seymour