DES Lyttle believes Harrogate Town can crumble under pressure if Worcester City get the better of their Yorkshire rivals on Saturday.

Harrogate's 2-0 home victory over Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday restored their seven-point cushion over City and makes them massive favourites to clinch a play-off place.

But captain Lyttle -- an ever-present for City this season in Nationwide North -- has promised to push Town all the way.

The former Nottingham Forest and West Brom defender knows all about fighting back from unlikely situations.

While at the Hawthorns during 2001/02, his Baggies side overcame Wolves' 11-point gap before landing promotion to the Premiership.

"Harrogate are well above us in points and with another game in hand," said Lyttle, 34. "But we can really put them under pressure.

"Teams can struggle under pressure. A few years back at West Brom, we went to Wolves and beat them. They had a big gap, but we put the pressure on and won promotion.

"Without a doubt, Harrogate have made it difficult for us after beating Gainsborough 2-0. It's going to be very hard to make the play-offs. All we can do is win every game. We are not in a position to think we can slip up and drop any more points. Even if we win all four games, it might still not be enough."

City must end a sequence of five home league games without a win -- and master a poor St George's Lane surface -- to stand any chance of nicking a play-off spot.

Andy Preece's side are enjoying a remarkable run of five successive victories on the road and Lyttle admits the standard of football has never been better. But the veteran campaigner also realises that results must improve at home.

Lyttle added: "I think our passing game away from home has been superb. I don't think all season that we've passed the ball as well as we did at Stalybridge last week.

"Hopefully, our pitch will be right on Saturday, perhaps with a lot of water on it. We need to be able to pass it like we do away from home."