Sat 15
U16s JPL
Corby Town
Worcester City Under 15s make it a magnificent seven

Worcester City Under 15s make it a magnificent seven

By Scott Fenn
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Unbeaten run continues with a positive point gained

City extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a battling display as they ended their JPL 'mini league' campaign with a deserved draw against group winners Corby Town.

The performance was everything that their reverse fixture in Northamptonshire, where they lost 0-3, wasn't; the team working hard for each other and providing a real test for their opponents who had won all of their previous seven matches.

That said, City were second best for much of the first quarter as they struggled to cope with Corby's direct play as they conceded a sloppy goal and only had one chance of their own when Jesse Asomugha was quick to pounce on a backpass but poked the ball just wide. His time would come though.

Scoring opportunities were few and far between as both sides tried to take the ascendency in Q2 - David Ferreira pulling a shot just wide of the Corby goal after a scramble following a free-kick.

By the time the third quarter was underway, City had lost four players due to injury so what followed was testimony to those left on the pitch as they grabbed the initiative by taking the lead.

Firstly, Asomugha broke the visitors' back-line and, despite being fouled, made the most of a good advantage by the referee to round the keeper and stroke the ball into an empty net.

Cian Sheehan and Guy Collett were putting in a tremendous shift in midfield and, after defending a corner, the latter collected the ball on the edge of his box. Holding off challenges, he strode forward and laid in Asomugha who again evaded the advancing keeper to set up the busy Jamie Hill to score and put City in front.

Corby then forced a stream of dangerous corners from which they eventually equalised - forcing home an initial effort that had been cleared off the line.

In the final quarter, another corner broke out to a Corby forward on the edge of the box who unleashed a shot that looked destined for the top corner until Josh Reed-Jones dived across to tip over. Moments later, City did have a lucky escape when Corby missed a gilt-edged chance after a pinpoint cross was sent wide by a free header.

Charlie Grubb almost created a very late opportunity to pinch a win for the hosts but just couldn't quite squeeze the ball in from a tight angle after being forced very wide after rounding the keeper.

A draw was probably a fair result in the circumstances but another solid display for City to take into their WFA County Cup semi-final next weekend.

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Sat 15, May 2021