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FA CUP: City through after 2-0 win over Rugby Town

By Marcello Cossali-Francis

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    FULL-TIME: Town 0 vs City 2 (Lockett 66, 75)
  • A Liam Lockett second-half double secured Worcester City's smooth progression to the next round of FA Cup qualifying after a 2-0 victory over Rugby Town.
  • City returned to competitive football after a six-month lay-off with a richly deserved win against their United Counties League Premier Division opponents.
  • Lockett scored two goals in ten minutes to make sure of their place in the preliminary stage of this season's FA Cup and move to five games from the first round proper.
  • City started brightly and could well have taken the lead inside two minutes when captain Craig Jones headed a corner over from close range.
  • Worcester continued to create chances and Sean Brain came within a whisker of opening the scoring moments later when a tricky run nearly ended in a brilliant solo goal, only for his shot to go just wide.
  • Dave Reynolds was next to test Rugby's keeper' Sam Lomax as he cleverly turned his marker before his low strike was blocked on the line by the ex-Villa shot stopper.
  • City went close again midway through the half when Aaron Birch volleyed a shot on target after a clever ball from Brain but Lomax was equal to it and tipped it over.
  • The home side grew into the game as half-time approached and captain Loyiso Recci almost made City pay for their missed chances as his diving header flew just over the crossbar.
  • The second period began in scrappy fashion and neither side could produce much in the way of chances and it stayed that way until the decisive moment in the match on the 66th minute.
  • Rugby's left-back, Liam Francis, slipped on the ball deep in his own half and City's Aaron Birch pounced and fed the ball to Liam Lockett just inside the box.
  • He took his time running onto it before rolling it past the keeper first time much to the joy of the City fans behind the goal.
  • The away side had a couple of golden chances to add to their lead, firstly from substitute Marco Adaggio, who somehow spooned a low cross over the bar from a matter of yards and then from Birch, who could not connect to Reynold's dangerous ball across the face of goal.
  • Lockett confirmed the win 10 minutes later when his direct run into the box ended with him turning Lecci inside out and finishing calmly into the left corner.
  • It was a comfortable win for Ashley Vincent's men, who will now wait to see who they will face in the next stage of the competition.
  • City begin their Midlands Football League Premier Division campaign opener against Newark on Saturday (3PM KO).