MATCH REPORT – Notts County 2-0 City

City bowed out of the Worthington Cup at Meadow Lane, but they put in a creditable performance against higher division opposition, only succumbing to defeat deep into extra time. After their spineless effort against Cheltenham on Saturday, this was a much-improved performance by City, who had to field 7 recognised defenders due to injuries and absences. The Tigers played with a containment strategy and the first half was largely formless, with neither side able to claim superiority, and chances at a premium.

The second half was much the same, and City were heading towards victory when a hideously clumsly tackle from Whitney gave the home side a penalty, which Stallard converted. The goal tilted the balance towards County, who had chances to secure the tie in normal time. However, the Tigers grimly hung on to force extra-time.

The game became somewhat open during the extra thirty minutes, with Marcelle looking particularly dangerous, and he struck the bar from twenty yards after a superb run down the right wing. Sadly, with just two minutes left, County attacked, and a shot from close range fell to Bracey. He appeared to have gathered the ball, but it was stabbed from his grasp, and in the ensuing melee Stallard poked home to secure a rather undeserved second goal.