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Carl Heeley looks to continue Worcester City away run
12:00pm Friday 8th February 2013 in Blue Square Conference North Table & Results By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
WORCESTER City head to Stalybridge Celtic tomorrow (3pm) aiming for a third away victory in a row.
City have enjoyed a successful time on the road of late with a 3-0 win at Colwyn Bay followed by a 2-0 triumph at Droylsden.
Although they stumbled against Histon and Vauxhall Motors at St George’s Lane, Worcester remain sixth and just two points shy of the Blue Square Bet North play-off zone.
Victory on their latest trip to Greater Manchester would keep the pressure on the top five and increase the slender three-point gap between themselves and full-time Celtic in 11th.
Manager Carl Heeley said: “We have had some good form away from home and are positive.
“Nothing will happen to make us feel down about ourselves. We are doing well.
“Stalybridge is another good test of where we are but it’s a winnable game for us. We are capable of beating any side on our day but are striving for a bit of consistency.”
Worcester lost 2-1 to Celtic at the Lane in October, a match that saw Lee Ayres and Rob Elvins sent off, but Heeley thought his men had the beating of Jim Harvey’s charges that day.
He added: “The game against Stalybridge at home was our best passing performance of the season because we were tremendous.
“Even when we went down to 10 men, we were still the better side and were incredibly unfortunate to lose that game.”
Flying winger Greg Mills looks set to miss the match because of the hamstring injury sustained in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against the Motormen.
Mills, who has started 10 of the last 11 games, could also miss Monday’s visit of Solihull Moors.
Danny Edwards is the natural replacement on the left flank but Charlie Reece, Matt Birley and Matt Breeze can all be deployed in wide positions.
Tyler Weir is doubtful after undergoing tests following his fall last month. The right-back, who has missed the last two matches, sustained damage to his face and teeth in the accident and was kept in hospital last week.
Heeley added: “It’s hard to say but Tyler won’t play until the medical staff and I are satisfied he has fully recovered.”
Defensive colleague Shabir Khan remains on international duty with Pakistan after featuring in their 1-0 friendly win over Nepal in Kathmandu.
The sides are due to meet again today before Pakistan travel to the Maldives as they step up preparations for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup.
Meanwhile, City’s rearranged trip to Bishop’s Stortford will now be on Tuesday, April 16 (7.45pm).
- AFC Telford United
- Boston United
- Brackley Town
- Bradford Park Avenue
- Colwyn Bay
- Gainsborough Trinity
- Gloucester City
- Harrogate Town
- Hednesford Town
- North Ferriby United
- Oxford City
- Solihull Moors
- Stalybridge Celtic
- Stockport County
- Vauxhall Motors
- Worcester City