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Patched-up Worcester City make pilgrimage
PATCHED-UP Worcester City head to Boston United tomorrow (3pm) with a host of key players missing due to suspension and injuries.
Manager Carl Heeley was frustrated his squad of walking wounded endured 120 minutes of Worcestershire FA Senior Cup action at Redditch on Tuesday night ahead of an important Blue Square Bet North double-header.
Following tomorrow’s jaunt to 13th-placed Boston, City are again in action on Monday night when table-topping Brackley Town visit St George’s Lane.
However, Heeley is without suspended trio Lee Ayres, Rob Elvins and Charlie Reece for the Pilgrims contest.
While they all return for Brackley’s visit, the likes of strikers Mike Symons and Danny Glover (Achilles), midfielder Matt Birley (knee) and Ayres (knee) are struggling with their fitness.
Heeley, whose side lost 3-1 at lower-ranked Redditch after extra-time, said: “It will be a case of patching up a squad to go to Boston as we are carrying a few injuries at the moment.
“It will be tough without our three suspended players who have all been influential for us at times this season. But that is the price you pay for having players sent off.
“They should be back for Monday’s game with Brackley, but we will have to go to Boston without them and try to scrap something out of the game.
“Boston have won five and lost five with some great victories over teams that have been doing well this term, so that means they can be very dangerous on their day.
“However, I know we are also capable of beating them and it will all depend on how we perform when we get there with the players that we will have available to us.”
Looking ahead to the visit of high-flying Brackley, Heeley added: “All games are tough, but we are in a great position in the league.
“It was disappointing losing to Stalybridge like we did earlier this month, as well as going out of the FA Cup at Bromley, but we are sixth in the table with games in hand over several of the teams above us.
“We are where we want to be and will be a better side when we get a few of our players back from injury.
“It is not out of the question that we could add one or two players, but nothing has been sorted at the moment.”