23rd Nov, 2017

Hughes wants more home comfort

Rob George 9th Nov, 2017

WORCESTER City continue on the road to Wembley this weekend when they welcome league rivals Highgate United to the Victoria Ground in the FA Vase Second Round.

The Blue and Whites go into the clash on the back of two clean sheets with successive 2-0 victories in the Midland Football League and remain unbeaten at their adopted Bromsgrove home this campaign.

A brace from joint-boss Lee Hughes handed City a 2-0 win over visitors Haughmond on Saturday to leave Worcester seven points behind leaders Coleshill Town with two games in hand.

City now turn their attention to the FA Vase and speaking to the club’s website after Saturday’s second round clash, Hughes said the victory would give the club momentum going into the game.

“We’re starting to build some momentum now and we’ll take it into our FA Vase tie,” he said.

“It will be a physical test for us because they are a big, strong side, but if we can match their work-rate, I am confident that our extra quality will shine through in the end.

“It’ll be a case of who wants it more on the day, but we’ll be ready and prepared for it.”

After a scoreless first period against Shrewsbury side Haughmond, City stepped up the pressure in the second half and rewarded around the hour mark when a cross from James Baldwin was converted by Hughes.

The prolific front man added to his total and notched City’s second soon after when a ball forward found him in the area to fire powerfully home past Haughmond keeper Sam Jones.

Jones was at his best to deny Hughes the match ball with a point-blank save but the Blue and Whites saw the game out to secure the three points.

“It was nice to get two goals – I should have had a couple more, to be honest, but the main thing was that we picked up the points,” Hughes told the club’s website.

“I felt that we were a little too impatient during the first half. We were playing too many direct balls instead of getting hold of it a bit more.

“We knew how they would set-up, but there were some good passages of play after the break and it was a good second half performance.

Saturday’s clash against Highgate kicks off at 3pm.

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