ANDY Preece has challenged his Worcester City team to maintain the high standard of football they reached at Stalybridge Celtic.

Preece reckons his players raised the bar in terms of quality of performance at Bower Fold. Crisp passing, excellent movement and strong attacking play were facets of City's stirring 3-2 victory.

With Worcester journeying back up north again tomorrow to face lowly Leigh RMI, player-manager Preece is demanding another top-notch display.

"The football at Celtic was outstanding," said Preece. "We've now set new standards. If we can play that way against one of the best teams in the league, it shows what we are capable of.

"There was some superb link-up play and passing. If we had a little bit more quality in the final third, it could have been any sort of score.

"It's all building nicely to where we want to be and hopefully we can keep that going until the end of the season and into next."

Striker Mark Danks returns to face the Railwaymen after completing a three-game ban, but Justin Thompsons is out with ankle ligament damage.