WORCESTER City make the trip to National League North side Leamington FC tomorrow night (7.45pm kick-off) as the pre-season programme continues for Tim Harris' men.

City began their 2021/22 campaign preparations last weekend with a 1-0 win at Cheltenham Saracens, in what was their first match since Boxing Day 2020.

Forward Chris Sterling scored the only goal as a number of trialists were involved in a typical pre-season clash in Gloucestershire.

Having faced Step 6 opposition last Saturday, City will now face a totally different challenge against Step 2 Leamington on Tuesday and then Step 4 Evesham United this weekend.

Worcester boss Tim Harris was content with the opening fixture of the summer but knows his side will have their fitness tested to the limit against The Brakes.

"We are really looking forward to it" he said.

"Me and Paul Holleran (Leamington FC manager) go back donkeys years and his side's are always really competitive. Of course, we have to bare in mind that they're in the National League North but we are all really up for it, it will be good.

"It won't just be physically hard, we are going to be without the ball for long periods so that's where the concentration comes in, we will have to be really sharp mentally as well as physically.

"As the pre-season training programme goes on, we will get more opportunities to work on shape, what is expected of each individual and then bring it all together. At the moment, it would be wrong to say we have thrown them together, but we still have a lot to work on and getting to where we need to be."

Tuesday will present another opportunity for Harris to trial out potential players, six trialists were involved last weekend, and some young prospects.

The boss handed debuts to the three summer signings; Dan Westwood, Billy Shaw and Louis Ezewele, the new City boss also gave promising youth prospects Jake Whitehouse and Cam Monteith chances to impress.

"I was really pleased with the two young guys," he added

"I thought they did really well and quitted themselves against a reasonably physical side (Cheltenham Saracens)

There are one or two injury worries for Harris to contend with; captain Craig Jones went off early against Saracens last weekend and left-back Jamie Smith is also nursing a slight knock.

"He (Jones) is just a little bit sore at the moment," Harris said.

"It's too early to say what the situation is but there is absolutely no point in risking anyone at this stage. We have Jamie smith who has a tight Achilles, we have to look at things sensibly.

"We have a heavy pre-season programme and we just have to do the right things and don't push people too hard."