FINISHING in the top half of the Skrill North table is Worcester City’s aim between now and the end of the season.
Carl Heeley’s side jumped to 14th following yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Vauxhall Motors at Aggborough, which was their eighth win in 12 league games.
They are still seven points behind 11th-placed Barrow, but have a game in hand as well as matches against teams close to them in the standings, including at home to Stockport County tomorrow.
With the threat of relegation seemingly out of the way, Worcester are looking to continue their fine run.
Manager Heeley said: “That has to be the aim (top-half finish) and if you’d have said at the start of the season we would finish in the top half, everybody would have been delighted with that.
“When we were second from bottom in the league you wouldn’t have put much money on that but we were always confident.
“We needed to look at the performances rather than the results because if we could have added that little bit of experience to complement the younger lads and the undoubted ability they’ve got, it would make a big difference. That’s proved to be the case.”
Heeley continued: “We know how hard we’ve had to work and we’ve had to sign lots of players but it’s irrelevant, it’s about getting enough points to stay in the division.
“We knew it would be scrappy, we knew we’d have to make things ugly at times and we’ve done that.
“Now we’re through the other side of it, we’re starting to look at what we can achieve.”
Goals from captain Ellis Deeney and Daniel Nti secured the points against the Motormen as City bounced back from a 2-1 defeat at North Ferriby United the previous weekend.
“I am really pleased,” Heeley said. “If you start defeating the teams in and around you, you see a quick jump up the table so it was really important that we beat Vauxhall. It’s a big week for us and that’s a super start.
“It was a scrappy game on a very bobbly surface, but it was another clean sheet and two very well-taken goals.”
He added: “Ellis has been a revelation since he’s gone into midfield and gives you a natural balance with him and Ebby (Nelson-Addy) being right and left-footed.
“He burst into the space and it was a great strike into the bottom corner.
“In the last 15 minutes we caught Vauxhall on the counter-attack and it was just that little bit of quality that was missing.
“Fortunately, Ethan Moore slid a nice ball through for Daniel and he stuck it away really well.”