Worcester City manager Tim Harris was delighted with how his side performed against local rivals Evesham given the quality of the Claines Lane pitch.

City narrowly beat the Robins in the quarterfinals of the Worcestershire FA Senior Cup on Wednesday, thanks to a hattrick from Bailey Fuller.

Despite the win, the main talking point after the match was the state of the pitch at City’s home ground.

Speaking to the club website, Harris, said: “I think for us to play in the manner that we play, with the energy that we play, on the pitch that has been well documented… I don’t want to criticise the Worcestershire FA anymore, I’ve done that.

“The bottom line is they are trying, they have put a lot of work into it, but it is an absolute pudding of a pitch.

“The biggest worry is the injuries. The surface is poor, there’s nothing more you can say about it but as I say the Worcestershire FA have tried.”

Harris added that they discussed rearranging the game or moving the fixture to Evesham’s ground, however ultimately the decision was made to play at Claines Lane regardless.

He said: “We’re only trying to help them and if they could look at the bigger picture, that if we hadn’t played here today, it wouldn’t be in the state it’s in now.

“All were doing is praying and hoping we get some decent weather.”

On hattrick hero Fuller, he added: “He’s a very talented individual.

“He’s got the ability to go and achieve whatever he wants but what I will say is, without the team he can’t perform.”