MANAGER Ashley Vincent insists he is “not interested” in slip-ups at the top as Worcester City plot to maintain an upturn in fortunes.

City sit 12th in the Midland Football League Premier Division with games in hand on all bar one team above them, gradually closing what had become a chunky deficit to rivals close by in the standings.

The leading lights continue to cut one another’s throats at the sharp end with three points now covering the top six and only six covering the top eight after Saturday's results – no team has reached the halfway stage yet all have lost three or more with City winning six out of seven in all competitions.

Although Vincent's men trail weekend leaders Coventry United by 14 points, they have four games in hand ahead of welcoming contenders Romulus to the Victoria Ground tonight (Wednesday, 7.45) – the first of three league games in six days.

“We are just looking after ourselves, we are not concentrating on what’s going on in the top eight and we are not interested,” said Vincent.

“A couple of weeks ago we made a conscious decision to take it game by game, we have another tough game to come against a Romulus side that is up there and more matches on Saturday and Monday.

“There are a lot of points to play for and we are still in early December so there is five months of football still to play.

“Teams have done well but there is time for them to be beating each other while we concentrate on our jobs.

“I have said it many times and learned it from some of the best managers I have played under, nothing gets given out at Christmas or January, the end of the season is what matters which is when we will know whether we have been successful or not.

“I am absolutely not interested in anyone else. There are sides we have played and I sit at home and think about whether I would exchange their players for mine and the answer is definitely not.

“Fair play to those who have got points on the board, now we have to do the same and play catch up.

“We are a work in progress, there is no doubt about that but what I have slowly seen over the past six weeks – and I hope everyone else has seen this – is some of my young boys showing a belief on top of their quality, that they are better players than they have previously shown.

“They might just be peaking at the right time.”

The Romulus clash is followed by a home match against Highgate United on Saturday (3pm) before travelling to Boldmere St Michaels on Monday (7.45).