JOINT-boss John Snape is demanding Worcester City come equipped for a revenge mission against Shawbury United today (3pm).

City remain the only team to lose a league match at Ludlow Stadium in the Midland League Premier Division this season — a 2-1 setback at the start of October.

That triumph, one of only two in the league this season, lifted United off the foot of the table but six winless league matches since then have seen them cast four points adrift at the bottom.

Nevertheless, Snape anticipates a similar battle in the return at the Victoria Ground and urged his troops to leave nothing to chance with conditions likely to be heavy on the back of bad weather and a deteriorating surface at Bromsgrove.

“The last game will be in the minds of the players,” admitted Snape.

“Our personnel won’t have changed much and I want the lads to be prepared and ready for what is coming.

"We have had 90 minutes of it before and I expect the same again.

“It is our home game and the lads should be aware of what’s required.

"I expect them to turn up with the right footwear and to be well prepared for the game.

“The biggest thing will be matching Shawbury’s work-rate, effort and dogged determination.

"That said, if we’re at it then we will be a tough cookie to crack.

"Hopefully we can take the points.

“Without disrespect to Shawbury, who deserved to beat us on the day, they are down there and one of the two games they have won is against us.

"That is something we want to put right.

“Our home record has been strong so far and it will be nice to play and show what we can do again after a couple of weeks without a game.”

Defender Mark Smith and midfielder Mat Birley should return to a squad Snape anticipates being injury-free for the showdown. 

Goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan could make his long-awaited return having signed prior to the AFC Wulfrunians away fixture scheduled for last Saturday which was postponed.