WORCESTER City make the long trip to Lowestoft this afternoon (Saturday) looking to record a vital win to climb the National League North table.
With two games in hand on many of their rivals around them, City will hope to begin a winning run which could take them into the top half of the table.
City currently lie 17th in the table, one point and one place below Saturday’s opponents and with a significantly better goal difference.
The spate of postponements and rearranged games has left City with games in hand and, with Gainsborough only five points ahead of City in tenth, the Blue & Whites can hope for a surge up the table.
City began the new year with defeat in the Severn Derby at Aggborough as Gloucester City came out on top and avenged City’s victory on Boxing Day.
The Blue & Whites looked to be on course for their second win in a week when former Jamaica international Deon Burton opened the scoring to add to his Boxing Day goal in the West Country.
However, a deflected shot and a debatable penalty secured all three points for Gloucester and City suffered a blow after the final whistle as Nathan Vaughan was red-carded for his protests to the referee.
The Blue & Whites are expecting Lee Hughes to return for this weekend’s game after the forward withdrew in the warm-up on New Year’s Day with injury.
West Bromwich Albion loanees Shaun Donnellan and George Cleet are also expected to continue at the heart of defence.
The youngsters were brought in by joint boss Matt Gardiner and won praise from fellow joint manager Carl Heeley, who labelled their performance in the 1-0 win over Brackley Town during the festive season as ‘outstanding’.