23rd Jan, 2021

City seek survival points against high-flying rivals

Rob George 13th Apr, 2017

WORCESTER City embark on a hectic Easter weekend knowing survival could be a step closer should results go their way.

The Blue and Whites travel to play-off chasers Chorley on Good Friday (April 14) before hosting fellow high-flyers Stockport County on Easter Monday (April 17).

Caretaker-boss John Snape hopes his side will pick up as many points as possible ahead of the conclusion of the campaign which involves a visit from Salford City before a final day clash with title chasing AFC Fylde.

Fourth-from-bottom City tackle the first of two games in 72 hours knowing they only need to match third-bottom Gainsborough Trinity’s results to survive in the National League North but Snape has urged his side to focus on their own performances.

“We can’t afford to think about what other sides are doing,. We go again at Chorley on Friday and I hope I get the same effort and commitment from the lads,” he said.

The Blue and Whites edged further ahead of their relegation rivals after they picked up what could be a vital point in the 1-1 draw with Curzon Ashton at the Victoria Ground on Saturday.

In beaming sunshine, hot shot Jordan Murphy gave City the lead on five minutes when he pounced on a mistake.

The striker burst past the Curzon backline and slid the ball underneath the legs of keeper Cameron Mason for a cool finish.

The lead only lasted five minutes though, as Niall Cummins pulled Curzon back level with a nicely-placed header. After City conceded a foul on the left, Matthew Warburton swung in the free-kick and found the unmarked Cummins, who made no mistake with the header from six yards out.

The best chance of the second half fell moments later to Warburton in Curzon green but City keeper Nathan Vaughan got down well to stick out a leg and deny the striker.

On-loan City youngster Kuda Muskwe battled well all game and provided a fantastic opportunity for Murphy. The tall striker battled his way through down the Curzon left and drove a teasing ball across the six-yard box where Murphy just missed turning the ball home to win the game.

But with Gainsborough falling 1-0 to Stockport, the point sees City move three points clear of the drop zone with four games left to play.

“The will and the belief is still there to stay up. If we give it our all like we have been doing in recent weeks I think we have enough in the dressing room to survive,” Snape added.

City could even be boosted by the return of Junior English for the closing stages of the campaign.

The midfielder has been absent since limping off in the 1-0 victory at Stalybridge Celtic earlier this month but Snape confirmed the former Solihull Moors man could make a return to bolster the ranks.

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