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By Tim Clarke Tuesday 01 January 2013 Updated: 03/01 07:38
Gloucester City 4 Worcester City 2
Tim Clarke reports from the Abbey Business Stadium
WORCESTER City suffered a New Year’s Day hangover as they were beaten 4-2 by Gloucester City at the Abbey Business Stadium to complete a miserable festive period.
Carl Heeley’s side were left shell-shocked by three goals in six devastating second half minutes from the Tigers after the hosts had grabbed the lead on the stroke of half time through Jordan Goddard.
Rob Elvins and substitute Mike Taylor clawed two goals back for the visitors but it was little more than scant consolation as Worcester failed to gain revenge for their 1-0 Boxing Day defeat to the same opponents at St George’s Lane.
The defeat was Worcester’s fourth in five games and sees them slip to ninth in Blue Square Bet North but there was little sign of what was to unfold in the second half as City made a bright start to the game.
Worcester were boosted ahead of kick off with the return of Danny Glover in a three-pronged attack while captain Rob Elvins also returned to midfield but Worcester were without suspended in-form winger Greg Mills.
It was Glover who squandered the first chance of the game on 13 minutes as he left the Tigers’ defence for dead but was denied by keeper Mike Green who smothered his effort.
Green’s opposite number Matt Sargeant produced a fine save to prevent Tom Webb giving the Tigers the lead before Lewis Hogg curled another effort just wide of the post for the hosts.
Glover continued to pose the biggest threat for the visitors, curling another effort just inches wide before Mike Symons’ cross from the right cannoned against the inside of the post.
Patterson wastefully blazed over another glorious chance for the visitors but it was the Tigers who finished the half the stronger and they made it count.
Sargeant reacted brilliantly to deny Bagasan Graham with his legs from four yards but within a minute Goddard pounced as Worcester failed to clear their lines and the midfielder slotted home from 12 yards.
Gloucester doubled their lead just three minutes after the break as Sargeant could only parry Lewis Hogg's powerful strike into the path of Darren Edwards who could not miss from a yard out.
Things got even worse for the visitors four minutes later when striker Will Morford found space in the penalty area before lifting the ball over Sargeant and into the corner.
Stunned City were still reeling from that blow when they were cut open again on the left side of the box and Hogg was allowed time and space to slot a low shot into the far corner.
Heeley responded by hauling off full back Tyler Weir and midfielder Ashley Sammons, replacing them with Stuart Whitehead and Matt Breeze, and City gave themselves a glimmer of hope as Elvins' deflected shot from 20 yards out looped over Green and into the net.
Worcester desperately tried to reduce the deficit further but Ellis Deeney, Whitehead and Patterson all picked up bookings as the visitors' frustration started to boil over.
Patterson managed to half City's deficit with his first goal for the club from close range in the 82nd minute as the visitors refused to give up but despite Tom Thorley hitting the woodwork late on Gloucester held on for their third successive league win.
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