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Come to the Lane while you still can urges Worcester City boss
CARL Heeley has called on people to watch Worcester City at St George’s Lane before the chance goes forever.
Following last Saturday’s 0-0 draw against play-off rivals Altrincham, watched by 824 fans, there are only nine league matches left at the century-old ground before it is demolished for housing in June.
When that happens, 108 years of semi-professional football will be consigned to history — with City expected to ground-share with Kidderminster Harriers — and Heeley wants supporters to seize the moment.
Histon are the next visitors on Saturday, January 26, as City look to continue their push towards finishing in the Blue Square Bet North top five.
Heeley said: “We’re in the mix and it’s nice to say we’re in with a chance and challenging for the play-offs. The support of this club can help us.
“Of course, people want to be seeing winning football but I think there’s more to come from this squad of players and we’re doing well.
“I would say to people, ‘Come and see us because you’re not going to have any opportunities in a few months and it will be gone forever then’.”
Heeley’s team jumped to sixth after the Altrincham stalemate and are still behind the fifth-placed Robins on goal difference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bishop’s Stortford (3pm).
“If you look at the teams and the players they’ve got, it’s going to be congested in the table and there’s going to be competition for everything,” the City boss said.
“You don’t get easy games but you don’t want them. We’re at a standard of football that’s very competitive with good sides and players and we’ve got some too.”
Meanwhile, keeper James Dormand has returned to City as back-up to Glyn Thompson following Matt Sargeant’s loan move to Chasetown.
Sargeant has joined the Northern League Division One South side for a month in a bid to stay sharp.
Dormand left City in the summer to concentrate on his business commitments but the club have retained his registration and he has been training with the squad.
Heeley added: “As an outfield player, you’ve got opportunities to get on the pitch but, as a keeper, invariably you sit on the bench for the whole game. Sarge wanted to go, he lives less than a minute’s walk from Chasetown so it suits all.”
Left winger Danny Edwards has also gone on loan to Redditch United, while defender Shabir Khan remains at Halesowen Town.