Town’s first visit to the Aggborough Stadium,Kidderminster, the temporary home of Worcesrter City,ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat.
Chris Hall replaced the injured Liam Hardy and Dwayne Samuels was recalled to the bench.
As early as the first minute, Danny Glover tested the Town wall with a vicious free kick which rebounded to Ethan Moore, but he shot well wide.
In Town’s first attack,Craig Nelthorpe’s free kick was diverted for a corner. Cleveland Taylor’s delivery found Steve Mallory who forced the first of several fine saves from ex Town keeper,Jose Veiga.
On twelve minutes,Worcester took the lead when good work by Moore created a chance for Ebby Nelson-Addy and he beat Craig MacGillivray with a powerful drive into the far corner.
Matt Regan’s foul on Ashley Worsfold presented Adam Bolder with a chance but he dragged his shot well wide.
Both sides were finding it hard to master the blustery wind and lively pitch, and good football was at a premium with the ball spending a lot of time in the air.
Worcester were looking the more dangerous and Dan Glover brought out an excellent save from MacGillivray at the foot of the post.
Town finished the half with a flourish:Woods hooked a Nelthorpe corner over the bar and Veiga had to race well out of his goal to head Taylor’s through ball clear from Woods.
An Aaron Williams foul on Woods early in the second half provided Town with a great opportunity, but Veiga made an superb block from Woods’ resulting free kick.
Anton Brown and Adam Nowakowski replaced Taylor and Brad Abbott respectively and Town began to create chances.
However,Veiga was proving a thorn in the flesh of his former club, with a series of fine saves.
Town’s best move of the match culminated with Veiga brilliantly saving Brown’s header from Mallory’s centre, although he wasn’t to know the linesman’s flag was already raised for offside.
Town knew it wasn’t to be their day, when with seconds remaining,the excellent Mallory again found Brown on the left.
Unfortunately,Veiga had saved his best till last as he pulled out at tremendous block to keep out Brown’s piledriver.
Worcester easily survived four minutes added time to send a disappointed Town on their long journey home.
1 MacGillivray. 2 Bloomer, 3 Nelthorpe, 4 Bolder, 5 Mallory, 6 Killock (c),7 Hall, 8 Abbott ( Nowakowski 58 mins), 9 Worsfold, 10 Woods, 11 Taylor (Brown 67).
Unused 12 Sellars, 16 Merris, 17 Samuels.
Bookings Nelthorpe, Bolder, Hall. Att.403
By John Harrison