MANAGER Ashley Vincent revealed he prefers to know his enemy after being paired with mystery opponent Pinchbeck United in the FA Vase.

Pinchbeck groundshare at Spalding United with City’s first-round tie the subject of being switched from a Saturday if the Tulips win an FA Trophy clash at Chasetown this weekend.

Worcester’s opponents entered at this stage courtesy of a fourth-placed finish in last season’s United Counties League Premier Division – the same level as City’s.

But while the Knights sit fourth bottom of the pile now Vincent is taking nothing for granted.

“I have to confess to not knowing much about them but we will do things correctly and watch them play before the time comes,” said Vincent.

“From my point of view it is one of the most difficult draws you could get for two reasons, the first being the distance we have to travel alongside not knowing what date it will take place.

“On top of that it is not a side we know a lot about. As much as the Highgate match (in the previous round) was always going to be a difficult game, I preferred it because we knew what we were in for.

“It is a tricky draw but if you want to go deep in this competition you are not going to do it by expecting the draw to drop your way every time.

“I have a squad I trust here and at the moment I would not change them for anything, I would put them up against anyone so I am happy to play whoever and wherever."

Meanwhile, Vincent argued City should “look at ourselves” and not for hard-luck stories after last weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Sporting Khalsa.

City conceded penalties either side of half-time with centre-half Craig Jones sent off for his part in the first.

Vincent admitted to feeling “hard done by” over the decision to award a spot-kick for an incident City were adamant had occurred outside the area but conceded Khalsa had been worthy victors.

“We were well in the game at 0-0 but they probably had the better of it, to say otherwise would do them a bit of a disservice,” said Vincent.

“We didn’t start in the way I had hoped. You need a good, fast opening at Khalsa and we didn’t get that.

“Jonah’s sending off added to the fact we were already short without Joe Hawkins and Sean Brain, we were carrying one or two knocks as well.

“There are no excuses, that’s what we have a squad for, but I do think we ran out of steam when they got the second penalty.

“There was disappointment here and there, I didn’t think he was the strongest referee but then it was not our strongest team performance either. We have to look at ourselves first.”