WORCESTER City’s chronic injury and suspension list shows no sign of easing ahead of the Severn Derby with Gloucester City.
The Blue and Whites make the trip to Cheltenham on Saturday to face a fellow exiled outfit for what is often a highly-competitive encounter.
Lee Hughes completes the last game of his suspension while doubts remain over James Chambers, Micah Evans and Connor Hughes.
Carl Heeley’s men make the trip to Gloucestershire on a run of nine games without a win after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Alfreton Town.
Despite the stalemate, Heeley said he was delighted with the effort shown by his threadbare squad in gaining a ‘good point’ on a freezing afternoon at The Impact Arena.
The best chance of the game was presented to Alfreton in the second half when Ethan Ross tripped Alfreton front man Paul Clayton after spilling the ball.
However the City keeper dusted himself off and flew to his right hand side to make a fantastic save from Craig Westcarr’s spot kick.
The Blue and Whites thought they had grabbed all three points when Colby Bishop’s header was ruled not to have crossed the line and later had Cieron Keane sent off for two yellow cards.
Speaking after the game, Heeley didn’t criticise the second yellow card given to Keane but criticised referee Martin Woods for reaching into his pocket for the first offence.
The City chief was adamant Bishop’s effort should have been given and said: “The ball is in the net and the officials have failed to give it. It’s a goal, end of.
“The ball is nearly in the second row of the stand it’s that far in.”
Despite no wins in nine, Heeley highlighted his side were unbeaten in their last three games.
“We have put together the last three games missing our leading scorer and without some key players for us,” he said.
“We’re missing Lee Hughes and his goals. I am sure in the three games we have played without him so far he would have taken at least one of the chances we have had,” Heeley added.
City will be looking to avenge August’s 3-2 reverse at the hands of their local rivals in the Vanarama National League North clash which kicks off at 3pm.