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Taundry set for debut as City target Bay joy
11:00am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
NEW defensive midfield signing Richard Taundry is set to make his debut as Worcester City go for their first victory of the season at Colwyn Bay tomorrow (3pm).
The former Walsall skipper was drafted in from Midland Combination Premier Division outfit Pelsall Villa this week where he has been playing since his release from the League One Saddlers during the summer.
City have been keen to plug the gap left by Rob Elvins in front of the back four and take some of the weight off the shoulders of captain Tom Thorley.
Taundry’s inclusion in midfield is likely to see either fellow new recruit Nathan Rooney or Ashley Sammons drop to the bench.
Manager Carl Heeley, who has also added centre-half Exodus Geohaghon to the squad over the last week, believes 24-year-old Taundry will bring much-needed balance to the team.
He said: “There’s a very good chance he will make his debut. We need to win games of football and get the best players available to us.
“We felt with the type of players we had in the squad the balance wasn’t quite right but we have got a budget to work to.
“I wouldn’t rule out further changes although there is nothing in the pipeline.”
Heeley added: “We have had to be patient but players are starting to become available now from other clubs.”
Although Taundry is poised to start, central defensive duo Graham Hutchison and Richard Munday are doubts for the north Wales trip.
Hutchison is still struggling with the calf strain he sustained in last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Bradford Park Avenue, while Munday has not fully recovered from a hamstring problem.
Worcester, though, do have Ashley Walker to call upon alongside Geohaghon, who made his debut at Aggborough last weekend.
The Blue and Whites are still searching for their first win in Skrill North but Heeley believes it is only a matter of time before that statistic is addressed.
Llanelian Road has been a happy hunting ground for City with a 3-0 win last term and 2-0 success the previous season.
“I think a win is around the corner for us,” Heeley added. “With the exception of last weekend, which I thought was a little bit below-par, we have been in every game and haven’t been outplayed. Even last week could have gone either way.
“The fact we have won at Colwyn Bay the last two seasons doesn’t mean anything but we hope to continue our good form there.”
Colwyn Bay, managed by former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair and with ex-Wolves striker Ade Akinbiyi on their books, are 11th in the table after six games.
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