CARETAKER manager John Snape is set to ring the changes for Worcester City’s meeting with Brackley Town at Bromsgrove’s Victoria Ground tomorrow night (7.45pm).
Snape felt some of his troops looked “beaten” during City’s 2-0 home defeat to Boston United on Saturday and revealed he was considering giving fringe players the chance to stake their claim.
Worcester’s latest loss extended their winless streak to 17 league matches, with their last triumph coming more than four months ago.
However, Snape insisted there was “no magic formula” to ending their wretched run and urged his team to keep working hard.
“I am not going to get downhearted,” said Snape, whose side are above third-from-bottom Gainsborough Trinity on goal-difference.
“We know how tough it is, but there is no magic formula. It is down to hard work and making a little luck for yourselves.
“We have got to dust ourselves off and go again.
“We have got to stick together, not point fingers and learn from our mistakes.
“But obviously there will be some changes.
“Firstly because it is the first time in a while we have played two games in three days and the other reason is that we have got beaten again, so we have got to change it up and see what else we have got.”
Asked whether he would be altering their 4-4-2 formation along with making changes in personnel, Snape added: “It will be a bit of both.
“We will see how the players’ leg are. I don’t doubt they gave their all on Saturday, but I think mentally some were beaten after the second goal went in.”
The move could open the door for winger Chay Scrivens and striker Pa Sulay Njie, who have come off the bench in City’s last two games, to make their first starts.
Snape could also be tempted to replace 20-year-old goalkeeper Ethan Ross with the experienced Nathan Vaughan who has yet to feature since re-joining the club last month.
Winger Chekaine Steele remains side-lined with a hamstring injury, but full-back Tyler Weir, who missed the Boston game with a knee problem, could return.
“Hopefully Tyler will be fit,” Snape said.
“He has had a knock and hasn’t trained all week, so we thought it was best to leave him out.
“But he might be nearer to fitness. Chekaine is another position as he might be a week away from coming back into the squad.”
Brackley sit in 11th position with 22 more points than City and have one of the best defensive records in the league having conceded 36 goals in 30 games.
The Northamptonshire side also dumped Worcester out of the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-0 away victory in October.
But they have lost their last two league games and City beat them 2-0 at St James Park in September.
“They are a good side, but we have beaten them once,” Snape added.
“We are going to set up to have a go, so we will see how we get on.”