MANAGER Ashley Vincent admits he needs to “drastically” work on Worcester City’s defending after leaking four goals at Pershore Town.

Jordan Harrison and Liam Lockett netted for City only to be cancelled out by strikes from James Baldwin, Dan Noke, Umit Eminolgu and Sam Whitton on Saturday.

Vincent was not overly concerned by the 4-2 defeat at Pershore who ply their trade in West Midlands League Premier Division – one level below City.

But he conceded Worcester needed to improve at the back as they prepare to visit Stratford Town in their third pre-season friendly tonight (7.45pm).

“Losing is not part of my make-up,” Vincent said.

“We are disappointed but in patches we played really good football and created chances.

“We have got to turn those chances into goals and drastically work on our defending over the next seven to 10 days before going into the Bromsgrove game and into the season.”

Vincent said he was more focused on his players coming through unscathed and getting in “peak” condition for the start of the Midland League Premier Division which kicks off next month.

“I know everyone will sit there and talk about results,” Vincent continued.

“Winning is a habit and we do want to get that but at the same time we are not accumulating points at the moment.

“I am more interested in the players’ fitness and keeping them fit and healthy.

“Yes, there are areas of the game and tactics that we need to work on. But it is early days in pre-season and that’s all about fitness.”

Asked whether City were close to making any further signings, Vincent added: “We are still actively trying.

“We are looking to push for a couple of things to happen this week because a few games and training sessions have gone at other places and maybe people feel like that isn’t for them.

“I don’t want people in the dressing room that are looking to see if it is for them. I want them to know that Worcester is the place they want to be and if they want commit it’s down to me to make the tough decisions on who we go forward with.

“I want to know who is committed and once they are in the door they want to be there.”