City sign off bright season with defeat

By Tim Clarke 30/04 Updated: 30/04 12:09

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Worcester City 0 Workington 1

Tim Clarke reports from St George's Lane

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IT MIGHT not have been the ending they had hoped for but Worcester City can take great heart from what has been a memorable season.

Perhaps it was inevitable that City's campaign would finish on a bit of dampener given the disappointment of seeing their play-off dream ended the previous weekend at Gainsborough.

But when the dust settles after this 1-0 defeat to Workington, City can reflect on a thrilling nine months which has seen them make a mockery of the bookmakers who wrote them off as relegation favourites back in the summer.

In the end it was the play-offs and not the relegation zone which proved just beyond their grasp but their seventh placed finish is more than what most supporters could have imagined possible back in August.

In many ways Saturday's game was a lot more entertaining than the drab affairs which are often served up at this time of year by players with little more than pride, or maybe the lure of a new contract, to play for.

But with Workington in need of a victory to absolutely ensure their survival it was the visitors who played with the greater intensity and they deserved their victory which was secured through Jordan Connerton's header 15 minutes from time.

City, by contrast, tried to make it a contest but without the motivation of the play-offs they struggled to match Workington's hunger and workrate.

The only surprise was that Darren Edmonson's side did not win by a more comfortable margin but that was largely down to the heroics of City keeper Matt Sargeant.

The youngster defied an apparent thigh strain to produce a string of fine saves to deny Connerton twice, Lee Andrews, Gari Rowntree and Lee McLuckie.

City only showed glimpses of the attractive passing football which has become their trademark this season, although Simon Brown should have done better with a close range header in the 66th minute.

But it was a rare opening for the hosts who were eventually undone in the 75th minute by Gareth Arnison's inswinging cross which was nodded in at the back post by the impressive Connerton.

City never looked like mustering an equaliser but as the final whistle went Heeley and his players were still afforded the kind of warm ovation they thoroughly deserved at the end of an exciting season few would have predicted.

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