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Worcester City
Ilkeston Town
J Baldwin (9'), M Birley (70'), J Harrison (80')
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Sat 20 Oct 15:00 - Total Motion Midland Football League - Premier Division Attendance 496

City beat the Leaders


"City move into 2nd place"

City extended the unbeaten run following a 3 v 0 win over Ilkeston Town.

As the top four all played each other this weekend, City needed a win to knock Ilkeston off the top and potentially replace them.

City started the brighter team and for much of the half kept the ball in Ilkeston's half of the pitch.

James Baldwin was a threat down the left hand side and continually left the Ilkeston right back in behind as he broke into the box

On 9 minutes it was Baldwin who struck. A long throw from Luke English into a packed penalty area, nodded down where Baldwin had been left all alone in front of goal and from 2 yards out pushed it over the line.

City continued to press and be on top, you could sense and just knew that a second was need whilst the tails were up.

After a few periods of fouls, injuries and water breaks came Half Time and City went in with the advantage.

Onto the second half and in 53 minutes as James Baldwin though he was away he was clipped with a nasty sound ringing around the ground. In true James Baldwin style he got up and was ready to carry on, meanwhile the referee pulls out a red card and Matt Baker surprisingly was sent on his way.

So a goal up and a man up, surely City would now take advantage?

But it was actually the visitors who started to pass the ball around and start pressing City back, as the week before, City found it harder against 10 men than they did against 11.

But then came the sucker punch to Ilkeston's hearts. Brilliant effort by Baldwin down the left to create the chance, sends it in to Harrison, Turton then with a touch before Birley takes his chance! 2-0 to City.

The Ilkeston heads were gone and City found space all over the park with chances falling to Birley, Turton and Baldwin.

10 minutes later and it was all over. Jordan Harrison jinked one way, then the other before what seemed like a decent back post cross, but instead the ball curls brilliantly into the top corner.

City move into 2nd on goal difference over Ilkeston and a point behind Westfields with two games in hand.

Next up for City, a trip to struggling Pershore Town in the Worcestershire Senior Urn on Tuesday night.

Key moments

Goal James Baldwin scores for Worcester City
Goal Matt Birley scores for Worcester City
Goal Jordan Harrison scores for Worcester City

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80:00 Goal 3 - 0
Jordan Harrison scores for Worcester City
79:00 Sub On
Joe Bates is substituted on for Worcester City
79:00 Sub Off
James Baldwin is substituted off for Worcester City
71:00 Sub Off
Jamie Smith is substituted off for Worcester City
71:00 Sub On
Adam Osbourne is substituted on for Worcester City
70:00 Goal 2 - 0
Matt Birley scores for Worcester City
63:00 Sub Off
Jordan Stoddart is substituted off for Worcester City
63:00 Sub On
Nick Turton is substituted on for Worcester City
End of period 1
9:00 Goal 1 - 0
James Baldwin scores for Worcester City
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Worcester City
  • Ilkeston Town
  • 0
  • James Baldwin Goal 9:00'
  • Jordan Stoddart Sub Off 63:00'
  • Nick Turton Sub On 63:00'
  • Matt Birley Goal 70:00'
  • Jamie Smith Sub Off 71:00'
  • Adam Osbourne Sub On 71:00'
  • James Baldwin Sub Off 79:00'
  • Joe Bates Sub On 79:00'
  • Jordan Harrison Goal 80:00'

Team selection

Jezeph, Dan Jezeph, Dan
English, Luke English, Luke
Smith, Jamie Smith, Jamie
Harrison, Jordan Harrison, Jordan
Stoddart, Jordan Stoddart, Jordan
Forsyth, George Forsyth, George
Birley, Matt Birley, Matt
Caines, Joel Caines, Joel
Baldwin, James Baldwin, James
Withington, Chris Withington, Chris
Weir, Tyler Weir, Tyler

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Coventry Sphinx 38 56
10. Lye Town 38 52
11. Worcester City 38 52
12. A F C Wulfrunians 38 51
13. Stourport Swifts 38 51
14. Highgate United 38 51
15. Long Eaton United 38 50

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