Rugby Town's FA Cup adventures for the season ended at Butlin Road after two Worcester City goals within eight second half minutes settled the tie.
Town’s F.A.Cup adventures for the season ended in Tuesday evening’s replay at Butlin Road, after two Worcester goals within eight second half minutes settled the tie.
Valley had been far from outclassed against their Skrill Conference North opponents over the two games, and they were left ruing a number of missed chances – especially in the opening half an hour of the first encounter at Aggborough last Saturday.
The defeat meant they missed out on a lucrative home game against Lincoln City in the final qualifying round of the competition.
Once more an unchanged Rugby started the replay the better side – without necessarily creating the quality of opportunities that they had managed in the original game.
However keeper Jose Veiga did well to gather at Seb Lake-Gaskin’s feet as he cut in from the right side after just two minutes, with the City keeper also down well to smother the ball from Lewis McBride shortly after.
Justin Marsden’s rising effort from the edge of the box was well-taken by Veiga, and a David Kolodynski strike lacked power – as the half chances continued to come Valley’s way. Again as at the weekend, Worcester rallied a little ahead of the interval, with Reece Hales blocked out by Ellis Myles, and then Niall Thompson curling just wide of the target.
The first real chance of the second period saw Veiga deny another Lake-Gaskin cut in from out wide, before the visitors took the lead on 56 minutes after Danny Glover was quick to pounce on a poor ball from Myles.
Glover's initial strike was parried by Niall Cooper, but he followed-up on the rebound to help the ball home.
The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Town for a while, and Ebby Nelson-Addy screwed a good chance wide of the post, before Worcester scored again from the penalty spot on 64 minutes – with skipper Tom Thorley beating Cooper to his right from twelve yards.
The spot-kick award seemed harsh on Valley, with Alex Gudger penalised for a push on Glover – especially as the challenge looked no different from two similar ones in the box on McBride earlier in the game which were both waved away by the referee.
From then on, Rugby struggled to regain the rhythm and control they had shown in the early parts of the two matches, and there was to be no late drama, especially after Marsden’s good run and subsequent effort slipped just the wrong side of the post.
Line-up: Cooper; Myles, Kelly, Rowley, Gudger; McBride, Marsden, Blythe (Andrew Spencer), Youngs (Moses-Garvey); Lake-Gaskin;
Kolodynski. Subs not used: Gnadja, Palmer, Bishop. Booked: TBC.
Worcester Line-up: Veiga, G.Williams, Deeney, Thorley, Hutchison, Munday, Thompson, Taundry, Glover, Hales, Nelson-Addy. Subs: Nti, Moore, A.Williams, Smith, Khan.