Heeley happy with Aggborough transition for City

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MOVING Worcester City from St George's Lane to Aggborough was always going to be a challenge.

As well as asking fans to journey across the county following the sale of the club's century-old home, there was also the logistics of relocation.

City have limited storage at Kidderminster Harriers and are often having to move kit and equipment to their training facility at Pershore High School, which is almost twice the distance it was from the Lane.

But, on the face of it, the transition appears to have been a smooth one for the Blue and Whites, who have now agreed a second season at Aggborough.

Support has remained high and fears of vastly-reduced attendances have been unfounded, even if the 376 for Tuesday's stalemate against Stockport County took many by surprise.

Generally, crowd levels have held up to the move, helped by attractive season ticket prices and convenient travel links.

The club also have a loyal team of staff and volunteers who have tried to make the upheaveal as painless as possible.

Manager Carl Heeley, whose side take on Histon today (3pm) in their third match in six days, said:

"It's been a challenge and it's been very hard work. We are training at Pershore so there's been a lot of stuff carted around in cars and the staff have played their part in that.

"Kidderminster have been very good to us and we have enjoyed our time. The matchday experience is very good and we are glad to be staying there.

"Overall, it's not been as bad as we thought."

Moving to Aggborough has also made it easier to sign players, who are tempted by the Football League-grade facilities at Kidderminster.

Centre-half Wayne Thomas, midfielder Aaron Brown and winger Martin Devaney have all joined the club since the turn of the year and City are better for their presence.

"It does help us to attract better players because the facilities are so good," Heeley added.

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