FOOTBALL: Raiders forced to hit road after Sixways lockout - The Worcester Observer

FOOTBALL: Raiders forced to hit road after Sixways lockout

Rob George 1st Oct, 2022   0

WORCESTER Raiders have revealed they will reverse all upcoming Hellenic League fixtures after the gates to Sixways were locked.

The ongoing uncertainty over the future of Worcester Warriors and also Sixways Stadium, where the Raiders ground-share, has meant the Raiders will hit the road with all games played away for the foreseeable future.

Chairman Steve Harris said ‘every option’ was being explored for both the Raiders first team and junior sides to keep going in the hope a resolution ‘soon’ which could see the club remain at Sixways.

Sunday’s FA Vase game with Westfields was the first to be switched as Raiders’ recent good run was ended. A late Rob Shaw goal wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 exit from the competition.

Raiders head to Longlevens on Wednesday night and then return to Westfields on Saturday (October 1), this time for a Premier Division match at Allpay Park.

Worcester City  will face Wellingborough Town in the first round proper after a 1-0 win over Lichfield City as caretaker duo Stewart Watkins and Craig Jones made it two wins from three games.

A Sean Brain goal 11 minutes before the break was enough to hand City the victory and set up a tie against United Counties League Premier South highfliers Wellingborough on October 22. The Blue and Whites return to action on Saturday when Uttoxeter Town visit Claines Lane.

Meanwhile, off the field, former City chief Tim Harris has agreed to join the board as head of football, assisting the recruitment of a new manager and sharing his vast experience to help the club.

“It was never my intention to walk away from 18 months of hard graft, though as we all know the results weren’t forthcoming,” said the former Newport County, Gloucester City, Forest Green and Redditch United boss.

“The huge potential I saw when I walked through the door is still very apparent and we need to embrace the challenge more than ever.”

Malvern Town host Longlevens on Saturday (October 1) as the Hillsiders look to continue their winning run.

Goals from Harry Clark, Matthew Turner and Adam Sauntson handed Malvern all three points with a 3-1 win away to Westfields last Tuesday to make it three straight wins ahead of Tuesday’s (September 27) trip to Lydney Town.


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