WORCESTER City manager Andy Preece insists his players will need to cut out the mistakes if they are to get anything from tonight's match at Hinckley United (7.45).

Preece cited errors as the chief cause of Worcester's 2-0 opening Blue Square North defeat against Hyde United at St George's Lane on Sat-urday.

Danny McDonnell fumbled the ball as Matt Tipton gave Hyde the lead and Earl Davis was left unmarked at a corner for the second.

And the boss knows City cannot afford such lapses when they face Hinckley at the Marston Stadium.

He said: "Hinckley will be another difficult test. They are one of the favourites and big spenders in the league but we are a match for anybody.

"But mistakes have cost us against Hyde and that was the only difference between the two teams."

However, City head to Hinckley, where they drew 3-3 in March after taking an early two-goal lead, with more injury doubts over several key players.

Captain Chris Smith suffered a knock on his ankle towards the end of the Hyde game, while new signings Ryan Clarke, Emeka Nwadike and Rapinder Gill all picked up niggles.

Preece said: "It's good that we have got another game coming up but it's going to stretch us again."

The manager, though, believes his team showed en-ough in the first-half on Saturday to prove they can compete with the best sides in the league.

He said: "I thought we started really well and it looked like being a good game.

"We played well in the first-half and had the majority of chances. It was a mistake for the first goal and Danny has held his hands up. Until then and after that we had a number of chances.

"We were at least as good as Hyde if not better in the first 45 minutes but mistakes cost us.

"It's easy to look at the result and say that was rubbish and a bad performance but we were more than equal in the first-half and both goals we could have stopped. I thought we were more than a match for them."

"The first-half was very positive."

But he added: "We played against ten men after Matt Tipton was sent off and we did not create many opportunities, that was the disappointing part of the game.

"We just didn't have the guile to open them up. We seemed to run out of ideas and our build up was slow."