By Tim Clarke 13/03 Updated: 13/03 22:18
Worcester City 2 Gainsborough Trinity 1
Tim Clarke reports from St George's Lane
MAKE no mistake about it – Worcester City are now serious contenders for the play-offs.
Any lingering doubts over whether City can sustain their push for a top five finish were dispelled as they completely outclassed play-off rivals Gainsborough Trinity in a pulsating 2-1 victory at St George’s Lane on Monday night.
City’s fourth successive victory propelled them to within two points of the play-offs but of greater significance perhaps was the emphatic manner in which they disposed of Trinity.
Two sensational strikes from Mike Symons and Greg Mills in as many second half minutes turned the game on its head after Trinity had fortuitously taken the lead against the run of play through Ryan Kendall’s 29th minute strike.
The victory was nothing less than Carl Heeley’s men deserved after out-muscling and out-classing Trinity in every corner of the pitch.
City showed no signs of weariness from Saturday’s 3-2 victory at Corby as they made a breathless start to the game in front of a fired up home crowd. They hustled and harried Trinity at every turn, denying the visitors any chance to settle.
The electric pace of Michael Taylor was again the catalyst for many of City’s best moments and he almost gave his side the lead in the 27th minute as he ghosted in ahead of his marker to head Tom Thorley’s inviting cross just wide.
For all their pressure though City could not find the breakthrough and they were cruelly punished just before the half hour mark through Trinity’s first real attack of any note.
Rob Elvins lost his footing under pressure from Kendall as the defender tried to deal with a hopeful long ball and the Trinity striker nipped in to slot the ball past Matt Sargeant.
City's frustration at finding themselves behind was clear to see as Kevin O'Connor picked up his tenth booking of the campaign, which will now see the influential midfielder and captain suspended for two matches.
But City looked even more determined to haul themselves level after the break with Mills' free kick almost sneaking under the body of Jason White.
The Trinity keeper then produced a brilliant save to keep out Elvins powerful strike before denying Taylor from 12 yards.
The pressure was relentless from City and finally paid dividends in stunning fashion in the 69th minute as Symons sent an dipping shot from 20 yards beyond White.
But as impressive as that was it was nothing compared to Mills' winner two minutes later as the winger curled an unstoppable strike from the left corner of the area into the top corner to spark jubilant scenes on the terraces.
City deserved their lead and could have extended it further as Thorley's 30 yard free kick needed to be turned over by White.
Lacklustre Trinity tried to respond and were even gifted a mystifying six minutes of injury time by referee Ollie Yates but despite some anxious moments City held out for what could prove to be a pivotal win.
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