BIRTHDAY boy George Forsyth reckons adding to his first goal for Worcester City holds the key to the door to a midfield role.

Flexible Forsyth, who turned 21 today, opened his City account with a free-kick in a 4-1 Midland League victory over Stourport Swifts nine days ago.

The ex-Gloucester City midfielder had reverted to centre-half for the derby clash, making way for returning club captain Brad Birch to dictate the play alongside Nathan Hayward.

But while Forsyth still wants to displace one of the pair, he is happy to playing after a tough few months trying to break into Gloucester’s starting XI.

“The gaffer prefers Brad and Nathan in there at the minute but it is also a compliment that he does not want to drop me and has found a way to fit me in,” said Forsyth.

“I will play wherever I am asked to. I want to play in the middle and felt I did well there at Highgate in the Vase but it is down to the managers.

"I respect that and will leave it up to him. I am just enjoying playing every week, I am loving it and that’s the main thing.

“I enjoy playing centre-half, especially when you’re up against a side that plays one up top because you can get on the ball more.

“There are times when you need to be physical and do the ugly side of the game but I feel like I am improving that aspect game by game now."

On his maiden strike, Forsyth admitted: “Maybe I didn’t mean to put the free-kick in off the post but I hit it well enough and that was what beat the keeper in the end.

“A goal is a goal. I was just happy to get my first for Worcester City and I do have to add more of that to my game, especially when I play in midfield.

“If I want to kick on and gain more exposure, I need the attacking side as well. People take more notice if your name is on the score sheet so that is a part of my game I want to work on.”

And Forsyth believes City can harness the Stourport performance to make up more ground on the top dogs in Saturday’s trip to AFC Wulfrunians (3pm).

“We were on the front foot and did not let Stourport breathe,” he added.

“Brad and Nathan were top class in the middle and it was one of those days where we knew getting an early goal would enable us to get more.

“In the end, four goals at home was good. The only disappointment was losing the clean sheet, Matt Gwynne worked hard and did well but overall we had to be happy.”