WORCESTER City will be keen to put the Droitwich Spa mid-week cup defeat firmly behind them this weekend when they return to league action at Claines Lane against third-placed Royal Wootton Bassett Town (3pm kick-off).

The Hellenic League Premier campaign remains the priority for City and whilst Tuesday's WFA Senior Cup defeat at Droitwich Spa saw their winning run in all competitions come to an end, this week was always geared towards Saturday's game with Wootton Bassett.

Chris Cornes' men are on a run of 10 league victories in a row and they are still on course to match a club record of 12 successive league wins set back in 1977.

But Tuesday was a stumbling block in what has been a pretty flawless couple of months for City and manager Cornes will be after a rapid response.

Worcester News: Droitwich Spa beat Worcester City 3-1 in Tuesday night with 10 menDroitwich Spa beat Worcester City 3-1 in Tuesday night with 10 men (Image: Mathew Mason)

"It's about getting a reaction now from the lads," said the Worcester boss. "There is no more impetus on the game than if we had won in mid-week, it's just another game and we have to keep moving forward.

"There was frustration on Tuesday night, some disappointment and a bit of embarrassment, but if you had said that over a third of the way into the season we would be in the position we are in (in the league) and were going to be knocked out of the County Cup to Droitwich, I would have shaken your hand.

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"But we won't shy away from the fact it was a disappointing night (on Tuesday). We controlled the ball in that middle third but we did not take our chances and they did, so you have to say fair play to Droitwich for that."

Whilst Worcester were losing to Droitwich, title rivals Corsham Town were replacing City at the top of the Hellenic League Premier table after a 4-2 win over Lydney Town.

They have played four games more than City, however, and are only three points ahead, but they have perhaps put a bit of pressure on Cornes' side to get back to winning ways.

And they host a Bassett side that are in-form. The visitors on Saturday have won six games in a row in all competitions, including four on the bounce in the Hellenic Premier.

City will welcome back the likes of Kirk Layton and Kyle Belmonte on Saturday, two players who have been mainstays in the starting eleven, after being unavailable on Tuesday.