In-form City looking to continue fine run

DOUBLE ACT: Manager Carl Heeley (right) and assistant Matt Gardiner have masterminded Worcester City's rise up the Skrill North table.

DOUBLE ACT: Manager Carl Heeley (right) and assistant Matt Gardiner have masterminded Worcester City's rise up the Skrill North table.

First published in Sport

WORCESTER City look to continue their surge up the Skrill North table tomorrow when they take on Barrow at Aggborough (3pm).

The Blue and Whites have won five of their last six matches to lift themselves to 16th place and nine points clear of the relegation.

Last Saturday's 1-0 win at Guiseley was further evidence of City's revival in recent weeks and they now have aspirations of a mid-table finish.

But Barrow are also in a rich vein of form having won eight of their last 10 matches since Darren Edmondson took charge to close in on the top 10.

Those records are on the line tomorrow with both sides seeking to build on the momentum that has revitalised their seasons.

Worcester manager Carl Heeley said: "It will be a game between two confident sides. Although they started their run slightly earlier than us, it is the two form sides.

"We always knew that if we could win a few games the table would would a lot different very quickly. We have got to keep it going for as long as we can.

"We know there's still a fair bit of work to do. We are by no means safe but we are in a far better position than we were a few weeks ago."

Not surprisingly, the fixture is at the mercy of the weather with more heavy rain forecast for today.

Neither City nor landlords Kidderminster Harriers have played a match at Aggborough since Worcester defeated Solihull Moors 3-1 on Tuesday, January 28.

City's Worcestershire FA Senior Cup semi-final at Redditch United on Tuesday was also called off due to waterlogged pitch.

"It's got to be in serious doubt with the amount of rain that's forecast," Heeley said. "The difficult thing is with Barrow travelling very early tomorrow morning we have to take that into consideration."

However, City have been able to train as normal and, with the exception of long-term absentee Shabir Khan, have a fully fit squad to pick from.

Given their recent run, Heeley is likely to stick with the side that triumphed at Guiseley, a win secured by Aaron Brown's second-half header.

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