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Taylor rewarded for his desire with City start at Droylsden tonight
MICHAEL Taylor will be handed his first start since October when Worcester City visit Droylsden tonight (7.45).
The striker, who last began against Redditch United in the Worcestershire FA Senior Cup, has been rewarded for his efforts against Histon last Saturday.
Despite City losing 3-2, Taylor produced a man-of-the-match performance after being introduced as a half-time substitute, scoring once, his sixth of the season, and going close on several occasions.
Manager Carl Heeley praised Taylor’s determination and is ready to include him in the rearranged match at the Butchers Arms, likely at the expense of leading scorer Mike Symons.
There could also be starts for midfielder Matt Birley, who impressed off the bench against Histon, and Matt Breeze and Charlie Reece, among the subs on Saturday.
“Michael will start the next game, he deserves it,” Heeley said. “I want to see players with desire, I want to see winners and I want to see people who actually want a shirt.
“It’s about who wants the shirts the most and Michael, without question last Saturday, showed he wants a City shirt in the starting 11 so he’ll get his opportunity.
"It’s not about picking individuals out, what I’m saying is that there’s a few players who’ve been big for us who are just not at the races at the moment, they’re out of sorts and need a rest.
“I think if we had played last week I would have made some changes but I felt with the two-week break that would have done the trick but it didn't work.
“I expect all the substitutes and the boys who haven’t played to be stating their cases. They’ll be asking questions as to why they’re not starting.”
However, right-back Tyler Weir is once again set to miss out as he continues his recovery from a facial injury.
City are bidding for a double over second-from-bottom Droylsden after beating them 2-1 at the Lane in September.
The Bloods have not played since losing 2-1 at Solihull Moors on January 12.