Heeley confident City can make FA Trophy progress

City manager Carl Heeley.

City manager Carl Heeley.

First published in Sport Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by

MANAGER Carl Heeley believes his Worcester City side have what it takes to book a place in Monday’s FA Trophy first round draw.

City are enjoying one of their best seasons of recent times and take on Altrincham in a third qualifying round tie at St George’s Lane tomorrow (3pm).

Heeley has every right to feel confident as his side are sitting fourth in Blue Square Bet North and thrashed Hinckley United 5-0 last Saturday.

Now they are eager to make their mark in the non-league knock-out competition against a team just eight places below them in the table.

Altrincham will be buoyed for the match, which carries £4,000 in prize money, by earning an FA Cup first round replay against League Two Burton Albion following a 3-3 draw last weekend.

But Heeley is focused on his own team and said: “The Trophy, like the FA Cup, is important to the club as it’s an opportunity to have a decent run.

“We have got a tough draw and Altrincham went to Burton last week and were unfortunate not to win the game.

“I’m sure they will fancy their chances in the replay.

“But this is a different game against us and we have got to be on our mettle.

“If we are on our game, we can win the tie.”

City fell at the first hurdle 12 months ago but reached the second and third round respectively in the two seasons prior to that.

Although striker Danny Glover is still struggling with an Achilles injury, Worcester expect to have the same 11 available that put Hinckley to the sword.

That would see Matt Breeze and Charlie Reece retained on the flanks and eight-goal Mike Symons paired up front with new signing Alex Meechan.

Altrincham, who have former City midfielder Simon Richman on their books, lost 3-0 at the Lane when the sides met in the league last season almost a year to the day.

Manager Lee Sinnott insists his side will not be distracted by their FA Cup replay against Burton next Thursday.

“The FA Cup is a wonderful competition but so is the Trophy so we will be concentrating on Worcester tomorrow rather than Burton next week,” he said.

“We had a good performance at Burton so we will be looking to carry that on. At the moment we are surrounded by cup games and the league goes on the back burner but it’s going to be a tough test.”

n If the game is drawn, the Moss Lane replay would not take place until Tuesday, November 20, because of Altrincham’s FA Cup involvement.

That would mean the postponement of City’s scheduled league match at Guiseley.

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