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City undaunted by Gateshead test

Worcester Editorial 22nd Oct, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

JOINT-manager Carl Heeley says Worcester City are revelling in their underdogs status and are ready to cause another FA Cup shock.

City will make the 236-mile journey to face Gateshead on Saturday with the chance of securing a place in the first round proper.

The Tyne and Wear side will start as favourites as they currently sit 11th in the National League Premier.

However, having already stunned in-form Solihull Moors in the competition and memorably reached the second round last season, Heeley said his side were relishing another big cup clash.

“Gateshead are going really well in the division above us, so it is going to be very tough,” Heeley said.

“But that said it is the FA Cup and we have caused shocks and surprises in the past.

“Even in the last round we have probably caused a bit of a surprise, so we will go there as underdogs.

“Leagues don’t count for anything in the cup and we have to believe we can step up and give Gateshead a really good game.”

Worcester’s six-match unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat to Nuneaton Town at Aggborough, but Heeley is confident his players will be able to pick themselves up for the fourth qualifying round tie at the Gateshead International Stadium.

“It has come as a bit of a shock as I thought we were in our stride and starting to get a bit of momentum, so that’s knocked us back a bit,” he added.

“But there is no point dwelling on things and sulking about it.

“You have just got to try and put it right next game and that is Gateshead.

“We need to be better and I am sure we will be.”

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