Dynamo 1 Worcester City 2
Dynamo worsted by late Worcester winner
By Lucas Monk
In spite of enjoying an extra man for much of the match, an out of sorts Shepshed Dynamo eventually succumbed to yet another dispiriting defeat at The Dovecote as Liam Lockett’s late winner secured all three points for a spirited and industrious Worcester City.
Dynamo had been trailing 1-0 when Worcester’s Jamie Smith saw red after felling Ryan Robbins, and despite debutant Jordan Smith’s leveller in the second period, Lockett’s composed finish with just moments remaining saw the hosts fall to their fifth league loss of the season.
Buoyed by an excellent 3-1 victory over Stourport Swifts on Monday, the visitors made an enterprising start to the game, and, in the first minute, Shepshed ‘keeper Brandon Ganley was forced into making an attentive save to keep out George Forsyth’s low strike.
Dynamo responded by winning a corner, and from the ensuing set-piece, Celson Patrocinio appeared to have put them ahead after Joe Pheasant met the delivery - but Worcester ‘keeper Dan Jezeph was able to gather the ball and clear his lines.
And Shepshed were made to rue that near miss shortly thereafter.
Prior to this match, Damion Beckford-Quailey’s side had shipped 14 goals in their opening five Midland Football League outings - five of which were conceded at Boldmere St. Michaels last week - and their defensive frailties were painfully exposed once more in the 11th minute.
With frightful ease, City’s Tyler Weir raced onto a weighted pass and burst into the box before calmly tucking a low effort into the net to hand his team the advantage.
And the visitors might have doubled their money if not for another save from Ganley, who gathered the ball at the second time of asking after parrying Dave Reynolds’ low drive.
Dynamo endeavoured to regain a foothold in the match, and went close to an equaliser just a minute later when new signing Jordan Smith swivelled on a sixpence before firing just wide.
But a crippling combination of slipshod passing and slovenly tackling was playing straight into the hands of the visitors, who saw Ellis Harrison’s shot blocked before Matt Birley blazed over the bar.
The hosts were deservedly behind, but were soon handed a lifeline when Ryan Robbins raced onto a long ball forward before Jamie Smith stopped him in his tracks with a careless foul, prompting referee Scott Postin to show him the red card with 36 minutes played.
After trailing at the break, Shepshed sought to make their having an extra man count, and Pearson Mwanyongo’s fierce drive early in the second period drew a fine save from Jezeph, who parried the ball safely behind.
Dynamo were then let off the hook when Worcester’s Jordan Stoddart headed over from point-blank range after Forsyth’s well-taken corner.
But after substitute Sam Moore - who replaced the injured Jake Betts - twice went close and Patrocinio saw a close-range effort brilliantly blocked by Jezeph, Shepshed finally equalised in the 81st minute.
Whymark’s splendid inswinging delivery from a free-kick on the left was the mother of much panic amongst the Worcester rearguard, and Jordan Smith rose highest of all to send a looping header over Jezeph and into the net.
Dynamo, now playing with a back three, elected to push for a winner, but this left them eminently vulnerable at the back, and after Moore and Robbins saw further shots blocked, they were made to rue yet more dismal defending.
From Jezeph’s booming kick upfield, Kyonn Evans played in fellow substitute Liam Lockett, who prodded the ball past Ganley with great aplomb to snatch all three points in added time and condemn Dynamo to defeat.
Though they had more possession and efforts on goal than their embattled opponents, the hosts often struggled in making their extra man count, and the ten men of Worcester can take great credit in having fought tirelessly to get over the line.
Dynamo: Ganley, Wakeling, Pheasant, Betts (Moore 49’), Patrocinio (Davies 82’), Mwanyongo, Prenderville, Whymark, Foster (Phillips 46’), Robbins, Smith.
Unused subs: Day, Osaji.
Worcester: Jezeph, Weir, Gallinagh, Stoddart, Osbourne, Smith, Birley, Forsyth, Harrison (Evans 62’), Reynolds (Lockett 76’), Withington.
Unused subs: Gwynne, Bates, Boldwin.
Booked: Whymark, Wakeling, Davies (Shepshed). Jezeph (Worcester).