WORCESTER City's 2-1 pre-season win at National League North side Leamington FC was overshadowed by a horrific injury to trialist Bobbie Dale.

Dale, who was on the books at Cheltenham Town, suffered a (double fracture) broken leg in the 10th minute of the game on Tuesday evening.

The 25-year-old had been involved with the club for a number of weeks and was a player that manager Tim Harris was keen to keep at the club.

"It's devastating," said Harris.

"He (Dale) is someone I have known for many years. I had him on loan with me whilst at Gloucester City and he is a player who has been in and around the Cheltenham Town first team, but he had two horrendous injuries that curtailed his professional career.

"I got speaking to him this summer when I got the job and he works and lives in Worcester and was desperate to come. His Dad played for City and it just seemed a great opportunity.

"We were keeping it under wraps a little bit because we wanted it to go under the radar and for him to get some games. He is a terrific player and unfortunately it's a big set-back for him.

"He has a great attitude but I really feel for him. He will deal with it and hopefully he will be back and we can look after him as best we can."

Despite the incident, Harris praised his side for bouncing back and going on to record a morale boosting win against a side three levels above.

City went behind shortly after the game was restarted following the injury to Dale, when Jack Edwards scored for The Brakes.

Worcester responded well to conceding and created chances of their own and forced the Leamington keeper into a couple of saves but on a number of occasions, City's Dan Jezeph kept them in the match at the other end.

The hosts hit the bar shortly before the break and then deep into stoppage time the City shot-stopper was again called into action to keep the score at 1-0.

A number of changes were made for the second period and a two-minute spell from City flipped the result on it's head when first, a trialist netted and then Dan Westwood scored his first for the club with a brilliant strike to make it 2-1.

Despite a late push, Worcester held on to record back-to-back wins to start pre-season.

"It's important for the confidence," added Harris.

"But the things I look for, and what was in abundance last night, was the passion and desire of the boys, all over the park.

"The scoreline was pleasing, but I have to mention Dan Jezeph who pulled off three fantastic saves."