22nd Mar, 2019

Snape pledges support to fallen City following relegation

Rob George 4th May, 2017

CARETAKER-BOSS John Snape has pledged his support to Worcester City as part of a new era following relegation from the Vanarama National League North.

The respected coach has been in charge of the Blue and Whites since February with assistance from skipper Danny Jackman and youth team coach Luca Gabriel.

And although he ruled himself out of the permanent manager’s post, Snape admitted he would like to stay and help the club he has served for the past four years.

“Obviously it’s a matter for the board who are going to look at things and the fact we have gone down will be a part of that,” he said.

“But if they think I can stay on in some capacity, then I would definitely look at moving things on and taking this club forward.”

Snape won one, drew five and lost nine of his 15 games at the helm with a squad ravaged by the departures of key players such as Lee Hughes as the club looked to cut costs.

“Personally I don’t think the side we had should have gone down. The lads gave it their all so I have to look at myself, did I set up right?” he added.

A place in the Southern League Premier looks the likely destination for City although the final placing will not be confirmed until the FA decide the leagues.

Relegation was confirmed after an awful season on and off the pitch with a 4-2 defeat at the home of free-scoring champions AFC Fylde last Saturday.

Despite relegation rivals Gainsborough Trinity being thrashed 5-1 at FC United of Manchester, City were unable to pull off the great escape and secure the point which would have guaranteed National League North football for another season.

City started well and shocked the champions with Ebby Nelson-Addy poking home the rebound to give the Blue and Whites the lead in the first couple of minutes. Fylde pulled level through Matthew Blinkhorn in the 22nd minute and then went ahead 14 minutes later through top scorer Danny Rowe to lead at the break.

But the dogged Blue and Whites fought back and were awarded a penalty early in the second half, which Tyler Weir slotted away to make it 2-2.

The lead only lasted nine minutes, however, as Andy Bond was on hand to give Fylde the lead, one again.

And as City pressed for the vital equaliser which would have guaranteed survival, they were hit on the counter attack for Richie Baker to seal all three points for the hosts five minutes from time.

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