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21/10/2018 12:29 PM  #1

Worcester City Match Report

A very harsh red card shown to Ilkeston defender Matt Baker proved to be pivotal in a highly charged game against Worcester City. There were a few tough tackles going in by both sides but Worcester's theatrical antics and a partisan home crowd eventually culminated in the production of a red card. Four yellows had already been dished out, two to each side, when Baker was the unlucky player to get his marching orders. His tackle on James Baldwin hardly merited a caution but the referee may have decided that it was a last man situation. Worcester had the better the first half and deservedly led through a goal by Baldwin after Ilkeston failed to clear a long throw into the goal mouth in the 10th minute. Jordan Wheatley had to be replaced after a late tackle left him unable to continue and Reece Fyfe came on for his debut. A George Forsyth bullet nearly put City two up but Ilkeston almost equalised before half time when Dan Jezeph made an outstanding save from Kyle Dixon after Dixon and Fyfe had carved out the chance. Following Baker's dismissal early in the second half Worcester initially took charge and Tom Marshall had to clear a Tyler Weir effort off the line. Ilkeston then started to take control and had a confident penalty appeal rejected when Elliott Reeves appeared to be pushed in the area. But on 70 minutes Worcester made it 2-0 with a goal smashed in from close range by Matt Birley. Ilkeston kept pressing forward despite being a player short and Jamie Walker was narrowly wide with a cross shot but City knew it was their day when Jordan Harrison's centre curled into the top corner of the net from the tightest of angles with ten minutes left. In the closing stages Ilkeston's persistence produced three real opportunities. Tom Marshall headed narrowly wide, Tim Hopkinson had a point blank header saved and Reeves was denied by Dan Jezeph when he looked certain to score.  Worcester deserved their win but 0-3 was an unreal scoreline on a day when Ilkeston had no luck. By contrast, Worcester were jubilant after what many of their supporters said was their best performance of the season.


21/10/2018 10:36 PM  #2

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