Heeley banking on City’s first success

CARL HEELEY

CARL HEELEY

First published in Sport Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by

MANAGER Carl Heeley believes it is only a matter of time before Worcester City hit the winning trail.

The Blue and Whites host Tamworth at Aggborough tomorrow (3pm) looking for their first victory of the Vanarama Conference North campaign.

So far, City have two points from a possible nine but Heeley feels that is not a true reflection of the games against Stalybridge Celtic (2-2), Oxford City (0-0) and Guiseley (0-1).

He said: “We have played three games and it does astound me how people make assumptions on how the season’s going to pan out. We didn’t win for nine matches last season.

“I know what we have got in the changing rooms and it’s better than it was at the start of last season.

“We have got more proven players but they have all come together late on in pre-season so it will take a while for them to gel. I am confident we will get it right.

“If you look at the games we have played there hasn’t been anything in them.

“It’s a tough league and tomorrow’s game will be no different. They are fine margins we are working with and if we can do those a little bit better then we will start winning.

“We are certainly capable of beating Tamworth.”

Tomorrow’s match against the newly-relegated Lambs is the first league meeting between the teams since a 3-3 thriller at St George’s Lane more than six years ago, when Richard Dryden was in charge. It will also pit centre-half Wayne Thomas against his former employers, while goalkeeper Jose Veiga, striker Nick Wright and left-sided midfielder Connor Gudger have all played for Tamworth.

Former Hereford United captain Rob Purdie and ex-Nuneaton Town midfielder Phil Trainer also joined Dale Belford’s team in the summer having spent pre-season with Worcester.

Heeley added: “We used to play each other in our Southern League days but they have been in the Conference for a few years before they got relegated.

“They will be looking to bounce back and I am sure it will be a tight encounter. I am sure the clubs will be familiar with each other and I am looking forward to it.”

Connor Gater is City’s only injury concern as the midfielder has a minor knee complaint.

Tamworth lost 1-0 at home to Stockport County last Saturday having previously beaten Gloucester City 2-1 and drawn 0-0 at Harrogate Town.

Tomorrow’s match will be segregated with visiting Tamworth supporters housed in the south stand and small seated section of the east stand. They will have no access to alcohol inside the stadium.

Worcester fans will have their usual areas of the ground.

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