18th Jul, 2019

Boss pleased with emphatic response

Rob George 3rd Nov, 2016

WORCESTER City boss Carl Heeley has heaped praise on his side ahead of a fortnight’s break.

City ran out convincing 3-0 home winners over Altrincham on Saturday and will not return to action until November 12 when they welcome AFC Telford United to the Victoria Ground.

Saturday’s scheduled trip to Curzon Ashton has been rearranged for Monday, November 28 due to the north west side’s FA Cup commitments.

Speaking after the victory, Heeley said he had not thought about any plans for the enforced break but confirmed training would be held as normal.

“We have to play 42 league games at the end of the day. We did look at trying to bring a fixture forward but nothing came of it,” he said.

“It’s always nice to keep the momemtum going but also it will be great for us to drill some things in training.

“It will be nice for the lads to have breaks with their families because with Christmas coming the games will soon be on us thick and fast.”

City’s victory over Altrincham lifted the Blue and Whites back up to 12th in Vanarama National League North and erased the memories of the 5-1 thrashing at Darlington FC the week before.

Lee Hughes gave City the lead in the eighth minute, finding himself on the end of a pinpoint Cieron Keane cross, before he was hauled down by the visitors’ Alan Goodall two minutes later.

The Altrincham defender was shown a straight red card, meaning the vistors were down to ten men for the remaining 80 minutes.

Keane doubled City’s lead on the half-hour mark as neat play saw Hughes slot in Keane on the left and the winger smashed his effort low and hard into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.

City put the game to bed in the 75th minute as Ebby Nelson-Addy found himself free on a rebound from a Chekaine Steele header and volleyed into the roof of the net from only a yard out.

A philosophical Heeley he could have made ‘four or five’ changes following the trip to the North East but remained broadly loyal to his starting eleven.

“You look at games where you look to pick up points and games where you are the clear underdogs and these last two games illustrate that,” he said.

“It was a game of football last week and not worth getting too despondent about. I asked for a response from the lads and got a great one.”

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