A strange game this. A local derby where the home side win
but know it's not enough to bring safety. Banter between the two sets
of fans, but we know most of the Worcester lot will miss short trips
down the motorway next season, we give them stick but they know we're
The match had started in
familiar fashion for the Gloucester fans. The defence looked
thoroughly porous as Worcester waltzed through. Gannas made a good
save from their first attack, but then flapped at a free kick,
Gannaway palmed the ball out without any conviction, and Thomas
twisted to put the ball past him to give Worcester an early lead.
What City fans mightn't have
been expecting though was an instant response from their team. It was
good work as well, with Baylo and Wayne Thorne
working the ball down the left flank, with Baylo's low cross being
turned in at the far post by Mike Wyatt.
Stranger things were to happen only minutes later as a deep curling
Wyatt free kick was met with a Karl Bayliss
header to give City a lead.
That proved to be something of
an end to the game for Gloucester. Worcester began to demonstrate
their greater physical strength and steam rollered their way through
the midfield. City fought a brave rearguard action though, with the
defence standing firm with a mixture of luck and judgement. Gannaway
made an excellent diving stop, and rode his luck as two further shots
screamed narrowly wide.
By the second half the pattern
of the game was set and Worcester continued to batter away at the
Gloucester defence but had no joy. Niblett was
a tower of strength, and for once showed some leadership towards the
younger defenders around him. Bayliss also played an important part in
defending from the front, holding the ball up as everyone else was
drawn back to help out in the City penalty area.
For all that the defence did well the win was largely
due to Gannaway who performed heroics in
the Gloucester goal. He had ample chance to remind his critics that
for all his uncertainty with crosses he is a consistent shot stopper.
Gannas also did well coming out and saving at the feet of the waves of
onrushing forwards queuing up to run at him. Gloucester did have their
chances too, but they were limited to break away attacks. Wyatt put
the ball in the net, but the flag had long been up for offside. The
Worcester keeper did his best to reduce the tension by missing a back
pass, but the ball rolled just wide of the post.
Gloucester held on for the win,
but while the result is great for regaining a little battered pride
the results elsewhere leave City on the brink of the drop.