IT is unusual for a team to kick-off a new season without having played a match on the pitch on which they will host 21 league games.

That, however, is the situation for Worcester City as they prepare to begin a ground-share with Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.

For the first time in many a year, possibly ever, City will play all their pre-season friendlies away as they have been unable to arrange any at their new temporary home.

It means their first venture on to the Aggborough pitch will be the Conference North opener against Altrincham on Saturday, August 17.

Although Worcester, who visit Nuneaton Town in a warm-up match today (3pm), will be up to speed in terms of fitness, they will need to adapt to their new surroundings quickly.

Striker Danny Glover reckons it will take a while for City to settle in at Aggborough but doesn’t necessarily think it will be a disadvantage for Carl Heeley’s side.

“It will be new surroundings and a new pitch and things like the width of a pitch make a difference because you have got to get used to playing on it,” Glover said.

“I think we will take our time getting used to it but it’s the same for both teams. It won’t be much of an advantage but the opposition won’t have played on it either.”

Glover, one of several of last season’s squad to be retained, took part in last Saturday’s 4-0 friendly defeat at Birmingham City and is relishing the chance to face his former employers today.

“I think it will be a good challenge so I am looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s close to a month until the new season so it’s getting to the time when you need to start pushing on.”