23rd Jul, 2019

Festive period is crunch time for City

Rob George 7th Dec, 2017

WORCESTER City joint boss John Snape has called on his side to pick up as many points as possible over the festive period as the Blue and Whites return to action this weekend.

City were without a game after their exit from the FA Vase and Snape admitted he and joint boss Lee Hughes had reminded the squad of the reason for the blank Saturday.

A trip to AFC Wulfrunians awaits the Blue and Whites this weekend and City travel to the Black Country full of confidence after thrashing Saturday’s hosts 5-0 earlier this season.

Goals from skipper Brad Birch and two goals each from Dave Reynolds and Mark Danks handed City the three points back in August and Worcester chiefs will be hoping for more of the same on Saturday.

“The Christmas period and the build-up to it is always where things happen in any league,” Snape said.

“No-one wins the league in November or December but we will be looking to pick up as many points as we can before the new year and then look at where we are to the leaders.”

City go into Saturday’s game in fourth, eight points behind leaders Sporting Khalsa but crucially with three games in hand.

Snape and Hughes will also be looking for their City side to continue their rich vein of goalscoring form which continued before their break with a 4-1 win over Stourport Swifts.

“It was a great peformance from the lads once again and to score four goals at home is a massive bonus,” he said.

City are expected to choose from a near fully fit squad which was boosted when skipper Brad Birch committed his future to the club.

Fellow Midland League Premier Division title-chasers Bromsgrove Sporting failed in their bid to recruit the central midfielder after making an approach.

City waived the usual seven days so Birch could speak to Sporting boss Paul Smith but the player rejected the interest.

A club spokesperson said: “Discussions were held with Brad and it was clearly indicated, with no financial implications to Worcester City, that he wants to remain at the club.

“Brad Birch is and always has been club skipper since taking over from Tyler Weir earlier in the season and we look forward to many more good performances such as the one put in last Saturday.”

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