BOSS Ashley Vincent insists his City side will not be writing the season off just yet and the team are “looking forward to playing again” after a lengthy lay-off.

Worcester have not played since February 17 due to the weather over the last few weeks and now face a congested fixture list for the rest of the campaign.

Games with Haughmond, Selston and Lye Town all fell foul to the rain across the region but Vincent and his team are hopeful of returning to action on Saturday afternoon at AFC Wulfrunians in the Midland Football League Premier Division (3pm).

“It’s been a long, long time since we last played football,” Vincent said.

“We haven’t played for three weeks pretty much but we are all just looking forward to, hopefully, playing again on Saturday and showing the quality we know we are capable of.

“It’s difficult to replicate a game situation in training but we have been doing what we can to get the boys’ fitness levels up.

“The last thing we want is to have been caught cold by a game actually being on when we weren’t expecting it.

“But the boys have been working really hard. They don’t want to be doing training sessions and fitness, games are always the best way to get back into the swing of things.

“Hopefully we can get out there and get back to it.”

The last game City played was a 2-2 draw at Romulus in the league which came less than a week after the penalty shootout heartbreak in the FA Vase against Atherstone Town.

Wulfrunians are a point behind City in the table and only just returned to playing on Tuesday with a 2-1 home loss to Sporting Khalsa following almost a month without a fixture — but Vincent doesn’t believe that will affect the game.

“It could work one of two ways,” he added.

“They could be really sharp and match-ready but they could also be a bit tired from midweek and maybe haven’t recovered as much so we don’t know how much of an impact it will have really.

“But I don’t look at opposition sides that much or any other factors, it’s about us doing our thing and being ready mentally and physically.”

Vincent admits the unplanned break has allowed players to refresh and for some to shake off any injuries they may have had ahead of finishing the campaign as strongly as possible.

“I think the biggest positive over the last few weeks is the fact we have been able to give some of the lads’ bodies a rest.” Vincent continued.

“Five or six of them were carrying knocks and the time off has allowed them to get back and ready to go.

“We are by no means writing the rest of this season off. There is still a quarter of the season left to play and there are a lot of points to be had.

“We want to get as many wins as we can, push up the table, focus on ourselves and just do what we can.”