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Gardiner hails the support of City fans
10:31am Friday 31st January 2014 in Sport
ASSISTANT manager Matt Gardiner has called on Worcester City fans to continue to show their support for the team.
City head into tomorrow's Skrill North match against Stockport County at Aggborough (3pm) looking for a fifth win in six games.
Two of those have come at their temporary home, 3-1 against Solihull Moors on Tuesday and 2-1 over Colwyn Bay on January 18.
Despite a crowd of only 361 watching against Solihull, Gardiner believes the fans have played their part in City's success and hopes for more of the same against a County side, who are expected to travel with a sizeable contingent.
Carl Heeley's deputy said: "I know we've had to give the fans something to cheer about but I think their support has been a big thing as well.
"You can hear them singing and I think the atmosphere is positive with the lads getting clapped off. We're really grateful so that's been a good thing as well.
"They are getting behind the team and that's been down to us. Our home form hasn't been great but that's two home victories on the bounce so hopefully word will get round and we'll start to get a few more fans back.
"We're in exile but we're all trying to do the right thing for the club and, as far as I'm concerned from a coaching perspective, the next game is massive. The more fans that could attend, the better."
City, without any fresh injury concerns, are still searching to bolster their squad and also looking to extend the loan deal of centre-half Jamie Grimes from Kidderminster Harriers, which expires early next month.
Gardiner said: "We've had to do a lot of groundwork to get to the position we're in now. If the right player becomes available who we feel is going to strengthen us, then we'll look to bring them in.
"I think Jamie has been fantastic. We'd like to extend that deal if we can and we'll see what we can do with Kidderminster."
He added: "We've always had faith in the players who have been at the club since the start. It's well documented what we've had to go through this season in terms of where we started and where we are now.
"I think the signings have been a great catalyst for the rest of the squad and we've got a bit of consistency."
Segregation will be in place for tomorrow's match, which will be the first time Stockport have visited Aggborough since the infamous scenes that marred their game against Kidderminster on the final day of last season.
On that occasion, a County fan attacked Harriers right-back Lee Vaughan during a pitch invasion by a group of away supporters.
Stockport lost the match 4-0 and were relegated from non-league's top-flight.