It will be a close-run thing but I think City will survive

Worcester News: SHREWD OPERATORS: Worcester City’s players will look for guidance from experienced assistant manager Matt Gardiner (left) and boss Carl Heeley. SHREWD OPERATORS: Worcester City’s players will look for guidance from experienced assistant manager Matt Gardiner (left) and boss Carl Heeley.

ONE question I have been asked on many occasions already this season is this: Will Worcester City avoid relegation from Skrill North?

It might seem slightly premature to ponder the issue given that we are less than half-way through the campaign but, given City’s league position, it is not an unreasonable one to consider.

They are currently in the bottom three and even if they beat Harrogate Town at Aggborough on Saturday, will still be too close to the drop-zone for comfort.

Up the road at Sixways, the management baulked at suggestions Worcester Warriors were in a relegation scrap despite being bottom of the table, citing plenty of matches to go.

City, however, openly accept the situation they find themselves in and are ready to tackle it head on.

The club know they have a battle on their hands, not least because teams in this situation at Christmas are often the ones in the mire come the end of the campaign.

But, if truth be told, they have known from the first whistle back in August that they were likely to be in this situation and admitted that staying in Skrill North was the chief objective.

Nothing has changed. Despite a smattering of good performances and a raft of clean sheets, the Blue and Whites are still entrenched at the wrong end of the table.

The question is whether they can dig themselves out.

For what it’s worth, I personally feel that they can, although that doesn’t mean to say that I think they’re about to storm up the league.

It could well end up being a close-run thing come April but I’m sure the club would take fourth-from-bottom now if they were offered it.

From what I have seen of City so far, there seems enough individual talent within the squad to keep tabs on their rivals.

Jose Veiga, George Williams, Tyler Weir, skipper Graham Hutchison, Ethan Moore and Richard Taundry to name a handful.

Striker Danny Glover is another and he would be the first to admit that his return of three goals from 27 appearances is paltry, although he might argue he has been deployed out wide more than expected.

This is a player who netted 20 goals in his first stint with the club and repeated the feat in helping Nuneaton Town to promotion from this division.

How City could do with a few of those in a season in which finding the net has been their Achilles heel.

I also think that, in manager Carl Heeley and assistant Matt Gardiner, they have two shrewd operators. With little experience on the pitch, players will look more to the sidelines for guidance.

In City’s duo they have a good mix of man-management and coaching, a combination complemented by John Snape.

It might just be that their nous will tip the balance in keeping City up.

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