WORCESTER City manager Ashley Vincent has explained his absence from two recent matches and how he stayed in touch with the action throughout both.

Vincent missed league games at home to Romulus and away at Sporting Khalsa but took charge of the former while watching from home the club’s live stream set up to allow fans to watch while attendances are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

That service was not available at Khalsa but assistant Marlon Walters and coach Gaz Rogers continually relayed information on the phone to keep the boss in the loop.

“I have had some personal issues away from football that I needed a week to deal with,” said Vincent.

“It was in full co-ordination with the board, the chairman knew what was going on and I have been in contact with Marlon and Gaz throughout.

“I took charge of the Romulus game because I could watch it from home and I was in constant contact by phone.

“That was the same with the Khalsa match, there was no footage for me to view live but again, we were on the phone.

“Sometimes these personal issues come up but it is dealt with, I am fine and everyone else is fine.

“Despite not being there in person – although you could say it was me taking charge of the Romulus game – I am proud that the boys have a way of playing, a standard and a work rate, and that it doesn’t matter whether I am on the touchline or not.

“As a group we have bought into things together and I am as proud as punch over what they give me, now I just want them to get their rewards.”