23rd Jun, 2018

Snape says City must raise their standards

Rob George 7th Sep, 2017

WORCESTER City joint boss John Snape has admitted his side were given another ‘reality check’ after their 2-2 draw with Long Eaton United.

The Blue and Whites chief described the draw with the East Midlands outfit as disappointing but felt it was another indication of the adaption the club needed to make after their demotion to the Midland League Premier Division.

City travel to Lye Town on Saturday and Snape hopes his charges will build on the performance which saw them create chances going forward but give away chances at the back.

A first half brace from Zak Goodson was enough for winless hosts Long Eaton to clinch a well earned draw despite Mark Danks levelling twice for City.

A rapid break saw United’s Blaine Hancock denied before Goodson fired through City keeper Tom Palmer’s legs to give Long Eaton the lead.

Danks replied three minutes later for the Blue and Whites with a fierce shot which defeated back-pedalling Long Eaton keeper Scott Low.

The home side regained the lead on the stroke of half time when Goodson punished more poor defending by skipping clear before firing low into the bottom corner.

While Danks secured a share of the spoils with a low shot in the 70th minute in a much-improved second half display, Snape said the result was frustrating.

“I think we created enough chances going forward to win the game comfortablely but again we have been naïve at the back and it’s cost us.

“It’s a reality check once again for us and the players, especially the last couple of games, and will be the same certainly with the games coming up.

“For some of the teams we are playing it’s a little bit like their cup final and they will rise to the occasion, we’ve got to get used to that.”

Following Saturday’s trip to the Black Country, City have two home games in five days with Coleshill Town and Quorn making the trip to the Victoria Ground on Tuesday and next Saturday.

Snape confirmed a number of injuries would be assessed at training this week including winger Mat Birley, while midfielder Nathan Hayward is ‘touch and go’ for Saturday’s trip to Lye.

City will be boosted on Tuesday with the return of midfielder Brad Birch from a three-game suspension after his red card against Chasetown.

The Blue and Whites were also handed a further boost with the news right back Sam Yeomans has returned to training.

Saturday’s game at unbeaten Lye Town kicks off at 3pm.

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