20th Jan, 2019

City will be flexible in bid for a winning formula says Gardiner

Worcester Editorial 30th Jul, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTER City joint manager Matt Gardiner has revealed his side will not be afraid to ring the formation changes in a bid to take a stranglehold on games.

The Blue and Whites largely deployed a 4-2-3-1 during a successful 2014/15 campaign but pre-season has seen Carl Heeley and Gardiner test out a 3-5-2 with attacking wing-backs.

Signings of Darren Campion and Sam Miniham have added further quality to the attacking defender department, along with the retention of Tyler Weir and Kyle Haynes.

And Gardiner admitted the depth of quality means City can afford to shake things up if needs be.

“Carl and I have looked at several things because we have good players,” he said.

“We are looking at controlling games and there will be certain times where we will have to play different formations so we are looking at several things for how we start on August 8.

“We have got a rough idea but there might be a period of the season were we have to switch to certain formations in games so we have to have a look now and make sure people are comfortable with the roles they are playing.”

Worcester have added a host of new faces to their squad ahead of the opening day trip to Gainsborough Trinity and former Football League striker Ashley Vincent played for City in Saturday’s Worcestershire Senior Cup final, with Gardiner admitting another addition is likely.

“We need to look at the second goalkeeper situation and we are looking at a forward with Ashley Vincent on trial,” he added.

“There are one or two options but it is a little bit of cat and mouse at this stage.

“We are confident we will get someone in but apart from that it is pretty settled and it is looking quite promising.”

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