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Worcester City going for fourth away victory in row
10:00am Friday 15th February 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
IT has been six-and-a-half years since Worcester City last won four successive league games away from St George’s Lane.
You have to go back to the beginning of the 2006-07 season for the last time they achieved that feat when Andy Preece guided them to victories at Barrow, Worksop, Gainsborough and Workington.
Yet, tomorrow Carl Heeley’s team can equal that record at Harrogate Town in Blue Square Bet North (3pm).
Having triumphed at Stalybridge Celtic (2-0), Droylsden (2-0) and Colwyn Bay (3-0) in recent weeks, they visit Wetherby Road as one of the league’s form teams on their travels.
Although they come into the match on the back of Monday’s 3-1 home defeat to Solihull Moors, their sixth loss at the Lane this season, City are determined to remain positive.
Manager Carl Heeley said: “We have had three good results away from home and that’s the way it’s gone for us.
“It’s become a bit frustrating in terms of our consistency but we are trying incredibly hard to eradicate that and pinpoint what is going wrong.
“It’s about keeping the work-rate up and believing in what we do. We have to learn from what’s gone on.
“If you look at Monday night, in the middle third of the pitch the performance was very good.
“We just made errors in our own penalty area and didn’t capitalise on the opportunities that we created, which was the difference.”
Mike Symons is City’s chief injury concern as the 12-goal striker took a knock to his knee as a substitute against Solihull and has been struggling.
However, winger Greg Mills played the last 24 minutes of the match and looks to have recovered from the hamstring problem that kept him out at Stalybridge last Saturday.
Right-back Tyler Weir has also shown no adverse reaction to playing 90 minutes for the first time in nearly a month following his facial injury.
Captain Stuart Whitehead is expected to return to the centre of defence after missing Monday’s match with conjunctivitis.