CARL Heeley has paid tribute to the Worcester City supporters who are giving his side “belief” through their difficult period of exile.
The Blue and Whites have made an excellent start to their Conference North campaign and their boss has praised fans who stuck by the team when things weren’t going so well this time 12 months ago.
For long periods of last season City found themselves battling at the wrong end of the table but crowds averaging more than 500 regularly made the 13-mile trip up the A449 to Kidderminster, and are reaping the rewards for it this term.
Heeley said: “When they were the dark days last season and you think the world’s against you – you’re playing away from home, you can’t seem to get a win and criticism is flying everywhere – there’s a couple of things.
“The people who volunteer their time for the club and work hard, and the supporters who make a big effort to come across from Worcester.
“They give you that belief to keep going and keep trying to change things around and I can’t speak highly enough of the supporters, 500 and we’re not playing in our own city is tremendous.”
There is far more reason to cheer for the Aggborough faithful this time out, with City sitting pretty in ninth and having tasted a home defeat just once this year, Heeley is keen to see bumper crowds at their temporary home.
“If we keep playing like that (against Chorley) and keep winning games of football, there’s no reason the attendance can’t get even bigger and that’s good for the club and good for the players.
“We really, really appreciate the vocal support they give us.”