22nd Feb, 2020

Heeley praises teen prospect Fitzpatrick

Rob George 20th Oct, 2016

TEENAGE midfielder Joe Fitzpatrick has been described as a ‘joy to watch’ after the youngster excelled in Worcester City’s 4-0 home victory over Stalybridge Celtic.

The 19-year-old was at the heart of the action in his second successive start as the Blue and Whites recorded their second home win of the season against their lowly visitors.

Fitzpatrick started his first game in over a month in the 0-0 draw with Boston United a fortnight ago and manager Carl Heeley admitted he had earned a run in the side.

“He’s a joy to watch when he gets the football and I’ve plumped for him to give him a run over our skipper Danny Jackman because that’s how highly we rate him as Danny is a top player,” he said.

“Joe is a great footballer, he doesn’t want to give the ball away, but sometimes playing that percentage ball works as well.

“For the third goal against Celtic he’s pushed tight and won the second ball and played a great diagonal ball into Colby who finished brilliantly.”

Goals from Ebby Nelson-Addy, Lee Hughes, Colby Bishop and a fantastic team goal finished by Cieron Keane completed the rout on Saturday as Heeley’s men also recorded a second successive clean sheet.

“I’m delighted with the clean sheet because that was the platform we needed,” Heeley said.

“As the game went on they left gaps and I thought we were very clinical. At times we were exhilarating with our passing and our movement.”

The result means City make the long trip north to second-placed Darlington this weekend on the back of two unbeaten games since the disastrous FA Cup exit to Brackley.

Heeley stressed the importance of the players forgetting the Brackley performance and moving forward.

“We’ve done that and picked up four points and the win against Stalybridge makes the point at Boston even more important,” he said.

“Hopefully we have got back into our stride in the last two games and we can move on to what is going to be a very tough game at Darlington.

“We aren’t going there to settle for a point; we want to go there and win the game but we know how tough it’s going to be.

“We know what they are all about but if we can be at our best and eradicate the little errors which have blighted us at times then we are going to be tough test for them.”

Tom Sharpe and Junior English could be back in contention after missing the Stalybridge clash.


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