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City search for home comforts
11:00am Friday 14th September 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
DROYLSDEN stand between Worcester City and a fourth successive home victory when they meet in Blue Square Bet North tomorrow (3pm).
Despite having picked up just one point from their last two games at Gainsborough Trinity and Histon, City are riding high in Blue Square Bet North.
The majority of their points have come at St George’s Lane with Colwyn Bay, Corby Town and Bishop’s Stortford all leaving empty-handed so far this term.
It has been 10 years since Worcester last won the first three home games of a campaign and they are keen to extend that run and return to winning ways.
Droylsden have endured a poor start to the season, managing just one victory and a draw from seven games to languish third-from-bottom.
However, they did the double over City last term, following up a 4-1 triumph at the Butchers Arms in November with a 2-0 victory at the Lane in March.
Manager Carl Heeley said: “We have not had the best of results against them in the past, we seem to catch them on a good day. When they are on it they are as good as anything in the divisions but when they are not they are there to be beaten.
“It’s a bit unpredictable but we are looking to continue our home form.”
Danny Edwards scored the consolation when the sides met in Greater Manchester last season and he is one of three players hoping for a recall tomorrow.
With Greg Mills serving a one-match ban after getting sent off for two bookable offences against Colwyn Bay earlier this month, there is a space to fill on the left wing.
Edwards is the natural choice but Matt Birley, omitted from the matchday 16 altogether against Gainsborough, can also play in that position.
Midfielder Matt Breeze could also come into the reckoning now that he is available having completed a three-match suspension.
Heeley added: “I thought Danny Edwards did well when he came on last week and we have got Matt Birley and Matt Breeze. We are not short of options.
“We have got to look at Droylsden and how we expect them to play and pick a side to deal with that.”
Shabir Khan has returned to training following a groin strain but with Jacob Rowe impressing since replacing him in defence, faces a battle to win his place back.
Striker Michael Taylor is also a doubt after missing training on Tuesday through illness.