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Worcester City hunting for away victory lift
11:00am Friday 4th January 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City will be out to register a much-needed victory at managerless Colwyn Bay tomorrow (3pm) as they seek to get off the mark in 2013.
City head to Llanelian Road looking to put back-to-back defeats against Gloucester City behind them and win for only the second time in eight Blue Square Bet North matches.
They are down to ninth in the table but that is their lowest position since the first day of the season, a sign of the improvement on recent years at St George’s Lane.
But manager Carl Heeley is aware they cannot afford a repeat of 12 months ago, when they failed to win in the whole of January, and believes they have the capability to rectify their poor run of results.
Success would also inflict more misery on a north Wales side who sacked player-manager Jon Newby following a 4-2 New Year’s Day defeat to Vauxhall Motors that left them fourth-from-bottom in the division.
Heeley said: “We can go and win anywhere, it’s just about putting it together on the day at both ends of the pitch.
“If we do that then we’ll have a strong second half to the season but we can’t keep talking about it — players have to go and deliver.
“We should have got points out of the two games against Gloucester, based on a reflection of those performances, but we haven’t and we must move on, dust ourselves down and go again.”
City will be boosted by the return of winger Greg Mills, who has been the team’s in-form player in recent weeks but served a one-match ban against Gloucester on New Year’s Day.
Striker Danny Glover could retain his place after impressing Heeley with both his display against the Tigers and his attitude after seeing keeper Mike Green save a first-half effort.
“Danny is a good player and you could see he was sharp,” the Worcester boss said.
“What I like about him is he was the first to come into the changing room and put his hand up to say he should have scored the one-on-one.
“If we had got that goal it might have been a different game.”
Club captain Stuart Whitehead is poised for his first start since November 17 after coming on as a substitute 12 minutes into the second-half of the 4-2 defeat against Gloucester in a bid to plug the leaky defence.
Left-back Shabir Khan (calf) and midfielder Matt Birley (knee) are also on the mend, while new recruit Ashley Sammons will hope to get another go in midfield.