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Heeley calls for an upturn in City home form
10:00am Friday 20th December 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City have targeted more home success as the foundation to keeping them in Skrill North this season.
City head into tomorrow’s match against Harrogate Town at Aggborough (3pm) in the division’s bottom three with just 13 points from 18 games.
They have won only once in nine league attempts at their temporary base, beating Workington 4-0 three months ago.
Although City have also only recorded one victory on their travels, 2-1 at Stalybridge last month, it is in Kidderminster where manager Carl Heeley knows his side need to improve.
But he also reckons Football League-ready Aggborough is an enticing prospect for visiting teams.
He said: “It’s a nice place to play football but that’s the same for everybody.
“When you are playing good sides, although our crowds have been healthy, it’s not an intimidating atmosphere because it’s such a vast arena. People do look forward to coming to play there.
“I know it’s a challenge for us because technically it’s not our home but it’s the ground we are most familiar with. We have played a few games there now and have got to pick up the bulk of our points there.
“Generally, we have had some good results away from home in the last month but we have got to do it at Aggborough.”
City have failed to score in their last four league home matches and are also looking to put last weekend’s 4-1 FA Trophy defeat at Aldershot behind them.
Harrogate, who beat Worcester 2-0 at Wetherby Road last month, have won their last three league matches, including 3-1 at leaders Hednesford Town.
Heeley said: “It doesn’t matter who we are playing and if they are in good form, it’s how we approach it.
“We have shown that, when we are on our game, we can be a match for teams.
“It was a very good game at their place and we were a bit unfortunate. Everything on that day went against us, losing (keeper) Jose Veiga probably cost the game.
”They are on a good run of form. I saw them last week at Hednesford and they were worthy winners. It will be another tough game.”
The City boss is hopeful of both skipper Graham Hutchison (ankle) and right-back George Williams (muscle strain) being fit after both went off against Aldershot.
Centre-half Shabir Khan will also boost the defensive options on completing a two-game ban.
Winger Niall Thompson has another week left on his loan from Torquay United.
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