WORCESTER City will be hoping to taste victory over their fiercest rivals for the first time in six attempts when they play Gloucester City tomorrow (Sunday).
The Blue and Whites have lost their last five encounters against their near neighbours and head to Whaddon Road having won just once in their last seven outings.
That run has also seen City fail to find the back of the net in more than 450 minutes of action.
Carl Heeley was also dealt a double blow this week with the news that former Gloucester man Tyler Weir will be out for up to ten weeks with a broken foot, while on-loan winger Jordan Murphy was recalled by parent club Walsall.
Despite defeat last time out against Bradford Park Avenue, Worcester are still just four points off a play-off spot and could climb as high as eighth if they win, and other results go their way.
The Tigers meanwhile find themselves scrapping for Conference North safety with just five victories all season, two of those coming in their previous five games, seeing them struggling in 21st place.
Only Hyde, who are currently bottom of the league, have won fewer games this season but manager Tim Harris will be hoping the signing of former Everton winger Femi Orenuga will boost his sides chances.
Worcester will do battle with their arch-nemesis for the 98th time with last campaign’s encounters, which were both overshadowed by troubles on and off the pitch, still fresh in the memory for Heeley.
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