Clinical Altrincham stun poor City

By Rob George Sunday 11 November 2012 Updated: 12/11 17:02

Worcester City 0 Altrincham 3

FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round

Rob George reports from St George's Lane

A POOR defensive display saw Worcester City crash out of the FA Trophy with a 3-0 defeat to Altrincham.

Goals from Nicky Clee, skipper Danny Hall and prolific hit-man Damian Reeves condemned City to the exit at the Third Qualifying Round stage.

City manager Carl Heeley kept faith with the same 11 which hammered Hinckley United 5-0 last week and hoped the Cheshire side had one eye on their FA Cup replay with League Two Burton Albion.

Altrincham certainly began the game slowly and City started brightly with Rob Elvins firing over the bar in the first minute.

The home side looked lively going forward and Alex Meechan and Matt Breeze linked up well on the left before the latter fired a cross into the box which evaded everyone.

After having the best of the opening 20 minutes, Reeves roused Altrincham from their slumber with a stinging shot which was well palmed away by City keeper Glyn Thompson.

But the warning was not heeded by City as Altrincham scored with the next attack when Reeves found Duncan Watmore on the edge of the box.

Watmore’s cross from the right evaded everyone and fell at the feet of midfielder Nicky Clee who powerfully steered it home to put Altrincham one-up.

Hopes of a quick reply from City were snuffed out five minutes later when they failed to clear a corner and Hall fired in from close range.

And Altrincham made it three goals in seven minutes 90 seconds later when the midfield magician Watmore fired in a low cross from the right which was met by Reeves to notch his 20th goal of the season.

In truth, Altrincham looked like they could score with every attack but City had a golden chance to mount a comeback two minutes before the break when Charlie Reece escaped the full-back and crossed from the right.

Meechan met the ball powerfully but his header flashed wide and the 785 fans in attendance were left wondering whether they were witnessing the last-ever cup game at St George’s Lane.

Any hopes of a Lazarus like comeback depended on a fast start to the second half and City almost got that through sub Michael Taylor who got in behind the Altrincham defence twice in the first three minutes.

Taylor was played through on goal by Mike Symons minutes later but was thwarted by a good save from Altrincham keeper Stuart Coburn.

The visitors appeared happy to contain City but almost made the game safe after 65 minutes when James Lawrie found Watmore who forced a great save from Thompson.

Watmore’s immense contribution to the game was even acknowledged by the City fans when he was taken off with eight minutes to go.

The closing stages saw defenders Jacob Rowe and skipper Stuart Whitehead head wide when un-marked from set pieces but in truth the damage had been done in seven manic first-half minutes

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