DANNY Jackman believes Worcester City have given themselves a huge psychological boost after climbing out of the bottom three of the National League North.
The City captain helped his side claim an encouraging point in last weekend’s trip to Nuneaton Town to move above Gainsborough Trinity on goal difference.
Jackman hopes the resilient performance will give City momentum to take into a spell of two home games in four days when they meet Boston United at the Victoria Ground on Saturday and then Brackley Town on Tuesday.
“It was a very important point against a team that are doing quite well,” said Jackman after last Saturday’s trip to Nuneaton.
“It is a hard place to come so we are delighted with our second half performance and I think it warranted at least a point.
“We could have gone under after going a goal behind, but we rolled our sleeves up.
“It was a great reaction and togetherness from the lads and being out of the bottom three has given us a psychological boost which is going to be pivotal to the confidence amongst the squad.”
Although Saturday’s draw left City without a win in 16 league and cup matches, the Blue and Whites have now drawn their last two games
And with many of their rivals in poor form, caretaker boss John Snape and player-coach Jackman believe they can push towards safety.
“We have still got a long way to go and a lot of hard work to try to put it in,” said Jackman.
“We have all got to keep at it and keep our standards high.
“That’s another benchmark that we have set ourselves, so we need to start getting a few wins on the board now.”
Hot-shot Jordan Murphy made it three goals in two games as his 83rd-minute equaliser was enough to earn City from their trip to Warwickshire.
Joe Ironside gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute, beating Tom Sharpe to the ball and firing low in to the bottom corner past City keeper Ethan Ross.
As the game progressed, City looked the more potent threat but it took until seven minutes from time for them to be rewarded for their persistence.
Murphy latched on to the ball on 25 yards before moving to the left to beat his man before firing a low, left footed effort past Tyrell Belford in the Nuneaton goal drawing City deservedly level.
Town had the chance to steal all three points right at the death as Ashley Chambers found space in the City box.
He looked certain to score but missed the ball and Ross dived on the ball as the final whistle blew.
City’s search for a striker also came to an end as the Blue and Whites unveiled 24 year old Gambian international Pa Sulay Njie.
Youth players Edwyn Davies, Callum Harper, Bailey Fuller, Sam Yeomans, Bailey Beddows and Ben Tilbury have also been promoted to the first team squad.
Winger Connor Hughes has been released from his contract with the club, just four months after signing from FC Halifax.