Worcester City vs Alvechurch FC
Match report by Scott Fenn
A scrappy contest saw the visitors shade proceedings by 2-1 courtesy of a fortunate winner.
Highlight of the first quarter was a brilliant strike that gave Alvechurch the lead as City lost possession in midfield and their player showed great strength to hold off a defender and unleash an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net. It was no more than they deserved on the balance of play as City struggled to get any kind of foothold in the game.
The hosts came out from the first interval more determined as both sides battled to get the initiative but the quarter was devoid of any notable action.
However the game sprang to life in quarter three as City were inches from levelling as determined work by Saeed Khattak on the byline saw his cross almost put into his own net by a defender whose miskick went out for a corner. Moments later Khattak was rewarded for his performance throughout when he raced clear of the Church defence and lashed home beautifully with his left foot from fully 25 yards.
Having been pegged back, Alvechurch then went close with two decent efforts of their own as the match entered the final period all-square.
Innocuous circumstances eventually settled the fixture when the City keeper failed to deal with a cross - the ball squirming through his hands and being adjudged to have crossed the line by the linesman who was well placed.
Ed Bowers almost levelled within moments but his shot curled over. In the closing stages, Alvechurch were then denied a third goal by the bar on two occasions - the first after a mazy run and clever chip by their very impressive man-of-the-match and the second from a speculative long-distance free-kick.
Not a game for the purists but a hard-fought game by two committed sides.