By Tim Clarke 18/03 Updated: 24/03 12:32
Worcester City 0 Droylsden 2
Blue Square Bet North
Tim Clarke reports from the Lane.
WORCESTER City’s four match winning streak was brought to a juddering halt as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at home to Droylsden on Saturday.
Goals in either half from Tom Fisher and Dale Johnson ended City’s fine run as Droylsden completed a league double over Carl Heeley’s side.
City went into the game looking to extend a seven match unbeaten streak and break into the top five for the first time this season.
But they seemed to run out of steam against their Manchester opponents and never looked like taking anything from the game once Fisher’s superb 38th minute strike had put Droylsden in front.
City’s cause was not helped by the loss of Tom Thorley midway through the first half with a hamstring injury.
The midfielder's departure seemed to upset the hosts who struggled to find any of the fluency and intensity which had seen them see off play-off rivals Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity during their unbeaten run.
After an evenly contested opening quarter of an hour Greg Mills almost put City ahead with a curling free kick which was smothered by keeper Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton at his near post.
At the other end Matt Sargeant had to be alert to deny Johnson after Fisher’s pass had opened up City’s defence.
The home side were dealt a major blow soon after though as Thorley was forced off with a hamstring strain and was replaced by defender Lee Ayres.
The loss of Thorley’s craft and composure seemed to unsettle City as Droylsden began to take control.
Carlos Logan was denied by the feet of Sargeant before Fisher’s miscued effort looped up over the City keeper and onto the bar.
Phil Green drove an effort narrowly wide for Worcester but the hosts continued to look unconvincing and it was no great surprise when they fell behind seven minutes before the break.
The dangerous Fisher cut inside Ayres before letting fly with an unstoppable strike which crashed in off the post from 25 yards.
City tried to muster a response with Ayres forcing a decent save out of St Louis-Hamilton but it was the visitors who looked the more threatening.
Things didn’t improve after the break as City continued to fritter away possession in an untidy opening to the second half.
Logan saw an effort deflected the wrong side of the upright while for City Green’s header was too close to St Louis-Hamilton.
Heeley brought on winger Danny Edwards and shifted Tyler Weir into midfield in a last throw of the dice but it failed to change City’s fortunes and instead it was Droylsden who doubled their advantage eight minutes from time.
Johnson turned City’s defence far too easily on the half way line before racing into the area and calmly slotting the ball beyond Sargeant.
That killed what little fight was left in the hosts as Droylsden easily held out to condemn City to only their third home defeat of the season.
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