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City need to find winning formula
10:00am Friday 7th December 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City have one aim when they take on Halifax tomorrow – to rediscover their winning touch at St George’s Lane.
City’s headquarters was something of a fortress in the early stages of the campaign following five wins from their first six matches on home soil.
However, that form has since slumped and the 1-1 draw against Workington last month ended a run of three consecutive defeats in all competitions at the Lane.
It is an area manager Carl Heeley is determined to address as his side seek to build on their fifth place in the Blue Square Bet North table.
Halifax are just one point behind them but have four games in hand following a string of postponements, the latest coming against Harrogate Town last Wednesday.
Heeley said: “It’s the next game in a really tough run of fixtures for us. I think Halifax are up there with the best sides in the division and they have a got a similar history to Chester in that they are an ex-Football League club with a decent fanbase.
“It’s a challenge but we have got to get back to winning ways on home soil because that was the basis for the good start to the season. That’s the aim although we know it’s going to be very tough.”
He added: “We have had tough fixtures at home and it’s funny how they tend to come like that.
“But you get peaks and troughs throughout the season with performances and at the start of the season we couldn’t win away. Now the away form has been better than at home.
“We have got to try and get the two to go together.”
With Halifax regularly travelling with a large contingent of supporters, the attendance is likely to comfortably break the 1,000-barrier at the Lane for what would be the fourth time this season.
“That adds a little bit of spice to the game and it’s anohter one we want to be involved in,” Heeley added. “We have got some big fixtures coming up so it’s good to test ourselves.”
Strikers Danny Glover and Michael Taylor are both set to feature following injury but defender Shabir Khan is a doubt after taking a kick to the calf as a substitute in last Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Chester.
Captain Stuart Whitehead (quad) and midfielder Matt Birley (knee) remain long-term absentees.
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