Leslie looking to prove his worth at Worcester

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IT has taken a while but Steven Leslie is starting to show the form that earned him a move to Worcester City.

The 26-year-old former Telford United midfielder has struggled to make an impact at the Aggborough club since joining them in November.

But he put that right with the opening goal against Solihull Moors last Tuesday to set City on their way to a 3-1 win and their fourth triumph in five matches.

It was Leslie's first start since the FA Trophy defeat at Aldershot Town back on December 14 and reward for his patience on the bench.

Creatively speaking, the former Shrewsbury Town trainee is one of the best Worcester possess and he has attracted glances from other clubs.

Now he will be hoping to keep his place in the team for today's visit of Stockport County (3pm).

Assistant manager Matt Gardiner said: "I think Steve has been unfortunate with the system change and where to play him.

"Technically, he's a great footballer, there's absolutely no doubt about that. He's had a few little things he's had to sort out and there have been higher ranked clubs looking at him as well.

"As a player, I know what it's like with all that speculation but he's coped with it well. He's come in, got 90 minutes under his belt and got on the scoresheet with a great strike."

Leslie, who has also had loan spells at Hereford United, added: "I was searching for a club after I left Telford last season. I went to a few clubs and nothing really happened.

"Matt Gardiner got in touch to see if I fancied coming to Worcester and play a few games to keep myself fit.

"I think it's a good club to be at. It's a homely club, they take you in and treat you as their own and I can see that. The manager is good to get on with, and all the backroom staff always make you feel welcome."

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