ONE thing that has been noticeable at Worcester City this season has been the great camaraderie among the players.
Whether it is during games or in the bar afterwards, it is obvious that there is a good dynamic in place at St George’s Lane.
For that, credit must go to manager Carl Heeley and assistant Matt Gardiner, who have gone to great lengths to ensure a happy camp at the Blue Square Bet North club.
The management have often spoken about bringing the right characters into the dressing room and are careful not to sign anyone who may upset the apple cart.
The fact that new players have been easily integrated throughout the season proves the ethos is working.
Stuart Whitehead, Tyler Weir, Greg Mills and Dwayne Samuels have all joined since the turn of the year and bedded in quickly.
Indeed, Samuels says the squad spirit has been a major factor in the team’s success, which sees them still in the play-off mix with two games to go.
Although the 21-year-old right-sided player has only been at St George’s Lane for barely a month, signing until the end of the campaign after leaving Telford United, he has seen enough to be convinced.
He said: “The team spirit at the club is really good.
“I wouldn’t compare it to other teams because it’s different at other clubs for different reasons. But it’s great at Worcester and it’s a big part of why the team has been successful so far.
“It’s always a lot easier to have good spirit when you are in a team that’s successful and Worcester have been. It shows from the management right through the team.
“If you take the Boston away game in particular, there were some poor decisions that went against us in terms of penalties.
“We had all the excuses to roll over but everyone stuck in there and got the win. That comes from ability but also the spirit on and off the pitch.”
Samuels has started five games for City so far and it is easy to see why Heeley was keen to bring him into the fold.
The former West Brom youngster has pace, a facet Worcester have added to their squad this season, and seems equally at home either at right-back or on the wing.
Although he missed the Hinckley United draw with an ankle problem, Samuels could be back for Saturday’s must-win trip to Gainsborough Trinity and he insists City will keep fighting to make the play-offs.
He said: “If you had said to someone at Worcester before the season that they would have a chance of making the play-offs with two games left, they would have taken it. There’s still something to play for so it’s a positive situation.
“It’s important to concentrate on the next two games and try our best to get six points and see where we are on April 28.”