Heeley hopes City can upset title hopefuls again

POTENTIAL RECALL: For Worcester City defender Richard Munday.

POTENTIAL RECALL: For Worcester City defender Richard Munday.

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WORCESTER City manager Carl Heeley believes his side's recent good form will hold them in good stead against high-flying Telford United at Aggborough tonight (7.45).

The Blue and Whites are seeking a third win in a row and a sixth in seven games as they continue their surge up the Skrill North table.

They are also looking to maintain their excellent record against the Bucks, which has seen them keep three clean sheets in as many games this term.

City were 3-0 winners in Shropshire in an FA Trophy first-round replay, having drawn 0-0 at Aggborough, while they also held Liam Watson's team to a 0-0 draw at the New Bucks Head last September.

But Heeley reckons second-placed Telford are the champions in waiting and will provide a stern test of his side's credentials.

"Just because we have got a good record against them, doesn't mean it's not going to be another tough game," the Worcester boss said.

"For me, Telford are very good at what they do, they are in form and I think it will be a good side that beats them to the title based on what I have seen.

"But we have done well against the better sides in the league so hopefully we can get some more points."

City have not played since the 1-0 win at Guiseley 10 days ago following postponements against Barrow in the league and Redditch United in the Worcestershire FA Senior Cup.

While they have not picked up any injuries during that period, they have seen centre-half Jamie Grimes recalled by Kidderminster Harriers.

That could mean a return to the starting line-up for Richard Munday alongside Graham Hutchison.

Heeley said: "Kidderminster picked up an injury and they needed someone back. It's disappointing and a blow to us but we have just got to get on with it.

"We have got some options there (central defence) but the numbers are a little bit light. We are actively looking to add numbers to the squad but there's no major panic.

"There's nothing imminent and I don't expect anything to happen before the game."

Tonight's match was originally moved because it clashed with the sides' FA Trophy meeting in November and the rearranged date last month fell foul of a waterlogged pitch.

The City manager added: "Telford have always had a decent following. There would have been more on a Saturday but hopefully it will be a good crowd."

Meanwhile, Evesham United hope to play their first home match since January 11 when they entertain Didcot Town tonight (7.45).

The pitch at the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium has suffered during the storms and Saturday's match against North Leigh was called off.

Paul Collicutt's side's last match was the 3-2 extra-time victory at Stourbridge in the Worcestershire FA Senior Cup two weeks ago.

The Robins are four points above Didcot, who have not played since drawing 2-2 with Bridgwater Town on February 1, in Calor Southern League Division One South and West.


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