THE Worcester City side has gelled quicker than first thought according to wing-back Jamie Smith.

The defender spoke to Andy Mitchell following the 5-2 triumph over Stourbridge FC last weekend, in what was City's fifth win in six pre-season fixtures.

Having already beaten Cheltenham Saracens, Leamington FC, Wellington and Briton Ferry Llansawel, Worcester punished a below-par Stourbridge with a clinical display.

Smith has put it down to the fact the players and coaches are all on the same page.

"With a new bunch of lads, everyone has had to come in and just express themselves, everyone is working hard in training and enjoying themselves," he said.

"The gaffer (Tim Harris) has come in with his coaches and they know what they're doing, the sessions are so structured, everyone knows what they are doing and what is expected.

"It's all coming together, there are little areas to improve on but that's the point of pre-season and we still have a game to go."

A number of new faces have been introduced; Dan Westwood up front, Louis Ezewele at the back and Billy Shaw in midfield on a six-month loan.

Youngsters from the youth set-up, Cameron Monteith and Jake Whitehouse, have been brought into the first team and Harris has also signed young forward Archie Muirhead and right-back Callum Debar after successful trials.

Smith knows the balance between experience and young talent is the key to building success side.

"It's not just an eleven man squad," said Smith.

"Everyone is going to be used, legs are going to go so fresh legs are key.

"We have young lads full of energy but we also have more experienced guys who have something the younger guys don't.

"It's about having that right balance and that right mix to win games."

With the new season fast approaching and with the new faces, it was always going to be necessary that this squad got to grips with each other sooner rather than later.

"Personally I think it has clicked quite quickly," he added.

"I think there is still more to come in terms of understanding each other, which you can expect as some of us have only played a few games.

"Everyone has the same idea, same plan, the gaffer has made it very clear and we know that winning games is what we need to do."

City are not in action now until next Tuesday night, when they welcome Kidderminster Harriers to Claines Lane, 7.45 pm kick-off.