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Town bow out of FA Cup in narrow defeat

4 months ago By Brian Porter

This keenly fought encounter was settled by a first half Dave Reynolds header.

Worcester City will now face Chasetown in the next round after overcoming a resilient Daventry Town.

Both sides have had memorable runs in the FA cup in recent times. Worcester City having won at Coventry City 3 years ago only to lose 14 13 on penalties to Scunthorpe in the 2nd round whilst Daventry were unlucky not to take Chesterfield back to Communications Park for a first round replay the season before.

Both teams created chances a plenty of chances with the first falling to Player Manager Lee Hughes after just 3 minutes. The former WBA striker making room for himself before firing just wide of O’Connor’s left post. Town were not overawed by the side who played in the National League North only last season and a snap shot from midfielder Phil Cassidy was deflected wide for the first of 6 first half corners.

O’Connor was quick off his line in the eighth minute to smother the ball at the feet of Reynolds.

Town’s third corner on the 10th minute was headed just over the bar by Kieran Fitzgerald, playing his first game after returning to the club after two seasons away.
Peter Dearle was unlucky with a header that lopped over the bar from another Town corner on 17 minutes.

Daventry appealed for a penalty in the 23rd minute as Fitzgerald went down in the box. The referee waved away their calls and Worcester City broke and Lee Hughes had a shot block by the legs of O’Connor.

The game then turned after Town were forced into a change after Dean Lukeman picked up a serious looking knee injury.

Shortly after, Worcester City took a quick free kick, found Aaron Griffiths and his cross was headed home Dave Reynolds from close range.

Both keepers made decent saves in the second half, O’Connor’s save was the pick of the bunch as he tipped Khan’s header over the bar in the 55th minute.

Matt Gwynne made fines stops from Confue, Alexander and Fitzgerald to deny Daventry an equaliser.

Man of the Match Peter Dearle, signed on Work Experience from Notts County this week was unlucky to pick up a second yellow in the final minute.

Town’s Joint Manager Parkinson said “There were loads of positives from the game. Their keeper made several good saves but credit to Worcester City, who on the day were worthy winners. They were more streetwise then us and we wish them good luck in the next round”

Updated 22:38 - 13 Aug 2017 by Brian Porter

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