20th Sep, 2019

Road to Wembley kicks off for City

Rob George 17th Sep, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTER City boss Carl Heeley is relishing a big game in the FA Cup as the road to Wembley kicks off for the Blue and Whites this afternoon (Saturday)

City welcome fellow National League North outfit AFC Telford to the Victoria Ground in the FA Cup second qualifying road  and Heeley said the clash would be very winnable for both sides.

“It could have been an easier draw for both clubs but we feel confident. I’m sure they will be thinking the same as us but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“Obviously you want to play the lowest ranked team at home in every round of the competition but it doesn’t work like that.”

The Blue and Whites go into the game on the back of two confidence-boosting victories as last Tuesday’s 5-3 victory over Alfreton was followed by a convincing 3-0 win at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

Goals from Lee Hughes, Cieron Keane and Chekaine Steele were the difference between the two sides in Yorkshire and City followed up the win with a 2-0 triumph at Brackley on Tuesday (September 13) to make it three straight wins

The victories have boosted confidence at the Victoria Ground and Heeley hopes the players will continue their effots.

“I’m delighted for the players because I know how much they want to do well and win games of football,” he said.

“It hasn’t been for the want of trying that we have taken as long as we have but I hope we now have the belief.

“You can see we are now starting to keep the ball and do the right things and that comes with confidence and ability,” he added.

City have dipped into the loan market to sign goalkeeper Ryan Boot on an initial one-month loan deal.

The Port Vale stopper will need no introduction to city fans having previously spent two loan spells at the club and is available to play in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy.

Heeley said: “We currently have two keepers at the club but in the early part of the season neither Nick or Ethan have managed to cement the number one shirt and I have found myself being undecided on which one to play.

“I think bringing in Ryan with the added security of knowing what he is capable of was an opportunity that needed taking,” he added.

Admission prices for today’s game have been reduced to £10 for adults, £8 concessions (over 60s, unwaged and armed forces personnel), £3 for people aged between 16 and 21 and £1 for under 16s.

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