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A combination of a dry winter and the fixture calendar meant this was my first opportunity of the year to get out to a non-Walthamstow game. My last ‘hop’ was in August, and in the sunshine at Bewdley Town’s picturesque ground, it felt like August at time.
Bewdley are struggling at the wrong end of the table, and from this performance at least, it looks like they should begin preparing for life in division one of the Midland League.
Their coach spent the warm-up trying to inject a bit of oomph into his players, but their ball-work was laboured; something which carried on into the match.
Worcester City will have loftier ambitions than 5th in the Midland Premier – their fans certainly felt they should be higher than they are, and they made their feelings very clear. Worcester may still be a ‘big’ club, but nothing in their play suggested they should be in the with a promotion shout, despite a 3-0 win.
There was a bit of niggle in the opening half an hour; due to an incident in a previous meeting between the two sides according to one spectator, but once Worcester had taken the lead from a free kick, the game was more or less done as a contest, and everyone chilled out a bit.
Bewdley played positively but were often lacking the final pass, and Adam Harrison in the Worcester goal – dressed in electric pink – was untroubled all afternoon.
A lovely finish from the edge of the box made it 2-0 to Worcester after one of their players was given time to take about five kick-ups deep inside the penalty area. The third goal was harsh on the home side, whose picturesque ground is a lovely place to watch football, especially in the sun.