CHAIRMAN Steve Goode insisted online doubts over Ashley Vincent 's future had not been conveyed to him in an emphatic endorsement of Worcester City's manager.

Impatience had grown following last weekend's 4-1 defeat at Lye, a sixth match without victory in the Midland Football League, but despite falling behind in midweek City bounced back to beat Highgate United 3-1.

And Goode believes that will prove the perfect tonic ahead of a tough run of three away games in eight days, starting with tomorrow's Premier Division trip to Walsall Wood (Saturday, 3pm).

“We are disappointed with the points we have but we are all aware of the quality of the players we have and the standard of play in every game,” said Goode.

“We could quite easily have had 15 points on the board from the first five matches and have no concerns at all.

“Ashley is a Worcester City man, he wants to do well for the club and we believe the squad he has put together can do well.

“That was proved against Highgate in the attitude of the players, when we scored the goals the lads ran straight over to the bench and it shows everyone is as one in this club.

“It meant a lot to the fans and everyone so I was well pleased with the result and in my opinion, Ashley’s future has never been in doubt.

"I was actually on the gate on Wednesday and to be honest I had no bad feedback whatsoever.

“People want us to do well and when we do it is great, when we struggle it is disappointing for everyone but we have bounced back, everyone can see the team is together and I think this is the start of really good things to come."

Asked what his message to the doubters would be, Goode replied: “You have to stick with the club.

“We have had a lot of years with no success whatsoever, it has been 40 years since we last got promoted but I truly believe once this team clicks – and hopefully this win will start that – we can slowly move up the league.

“There has only been a handful of games, leagues are not won in the first seven games and I can see us moving up and hopefully challenging come the end of the season.

“Everyone has an opinion and that is why football is such a great game, the thing that annoys me is we seem to have 100 managers turn up to every game, they make comments one week and say totally the opposite the following week.

“One week they want the manager out, the next he is the best in the world but that’s football and that’s why we love it.

“We have had seven years of trying to get back to Worcester, it might not have gone as well as we would have hoped for so far, it would be great to be top of the league, but I guarantee we won’t be far off come the end of the season."

The Claines Lane chief also believes there will be greater scope for a united feel once facilities are finished and opened at City's new headquarters.

“I would like to thank the fans for staying loyal to the club,” said Goode.

“We need your support and to come here, and I think we will see a big change when the facilities are finished.

“I think it will make a difference when it is football ground rather than somewhere where there is still building work going on. There will be more morale, the bar will be open and we will be able to get together in the social club, players, fans and everyone.

“Worcester City is one big family. Unfortunately we cannot do everything we want to yet but that will come.”