City Reserves cause Cradley problems
By Nigel Upson
City Reserves play some great football in competitive game at Cradley Town
City Reserves lined up against Cradley Town's FT as follows:
Sean Dayus GK, Ishmaeel Mahmood, Ryan Mole, Nathaniel Nisbett, Milo Elmes Tom Allen, Ryan Upson, Callum Harper, Myles Simpson, Joe Clarke, Aaron Brett, Subs: Emils Fedotovs, Matty Patrick-Rivers, Jacob Keane, Hassan Shah.
City took the game to Cradley early on and surprised them with their pace and incisive football. On 5 minutes, City took the lead through Ryan Upson who started the move in his own half and continued his run into the box to thump home Myles Simpson's cross.
City then continued their early domination and went close twice via Brett and Simpson after good work from Clarke on the right flank.
With Elmes, Mole, Nisbett and Mahmood looking solid against Cradley's pacey physical threat, a mix up on 14 minutes then gifted Cradley an equaliser as hesitation saw the ball stolen for a tap in.
Allen and Upson were covering a lot of ground and giving the fast feet of Brett, Simpson, Harper and Clarke plenty of ball which they were making the most of.
Dayus in City's goal pulled off one smart save as Cradley sought a second and Mole made one telling intervention.
1.1 at HT and City really playing well.
Cradley beefed it up in MF as they tried to counter City's interplay. It worked for ten minutes as they pressed and showed good technical play backed up with some physical assertiveness. They took the lead on 48 minutes when City failed to clear and the ball was smashed home from twenty yards. A well taken goal.
Upson came off after a hard working show and Keane came on in MF. Fedotovs came on for Harper, Patrick-Rivers came on for Clarke and Shah came on for Simpson.
All of the lads going off had given much and the lads coming on injected energy which Cradley didn't expect. Brett stepped into the 10 and it was his run and sharp pass to Patrick-Rivers on the right on 67 minutes that lead to the equaliser as Patrick-Rivers raced clear and hammered the ball home for 2.2 and City were back in it. Another great team goal and finish.
Cradley stepped it up and came at City and the hard working back four of Mahmood, Elmes, Mole and Nisbett stood up to the test and also continued to play football from the back with aplomb. Dayus pulled off a great save before City then got into their stride with Allen pulling the strings and Brett, Shah, Fedotovs and Patrick-Rivers running the back four ragged.
On 72 minutes Brett again got clear and fed Patrick-Rivers who went on another strong run and smashed the ball in from 18 yards. Another fine goal from the 16 year old striker.
Cradley as you would expect came back strongly and their tenacious play was rewarded when another mix up on 73 minutes again saw them nick the ball and slot home and equaliser.
City continued to play fast paced football and get at the Home Team. Fedotovs went close with a header and Brett almost found a goal as did Shah.
At the close City had earned a draw and probably could have won it. This was about learning and experience and their were plenty of positives from this young and creative squad who have character and drive in abundance.
Worcester City Reserves