27th Jun, 2017

Snape: We’re in a real battle

Rob George 16th Feb, 2017

CASH-STRAPPED Worcester City welcome play-off chasing FC Halifax Town to the Victoria Ground with interim manager John Snape stressing the club is fighting to stay up.

The Blue and Whites head into the game on Saturday (kick off at 3pm) without a win in 12 league and cup games.

City also haven’t won in the Vanarama National North since a 2-1 triumph over AFC Telford United on November 12 and lie just above the drop zone on goal difference after a difficult week came to a close with a 3-0 defeat at Harrogate Town last weekend.

After the club admitted every player was free to leave on Friday, City travelled to Yorkshire without top scorer Lee Hughes who joined relegation rivals AFC Telford United. Winger Micah Evans also departed to join Altrincham.

Simon Ainge gave Harrogate the lead in the 10th minute when he got on the end of a great cross before driving the ball low underneath Ethan Ross in the Worcester goal.

City held their own but were undone in the 67th minute when Harrogate doubled their lead with a Danny Ellis header from a corner.

Seven minutes later Louie Swain was first to react to a deflection and fired low into the bottom right corner to seal the three points.

City looked to press Harrogate back in the closing stages but couldn’t find a way through a resolute defence.

Speaking after the game, Snape was frustrated with the lack of creativity and accepted City were fighting for survival.

“If we can get the first goal in games I think that will be crucial,” he said.

“We are fighting to stay up as far I am concerned. We have some tough games coming up but they are great games for the players to play in with teams against the top six.

“Two wins can make a huge difference to your position in the league.”

Snape admitted more players would leave as the club sought to cut costs but delivered a rallying call as the end of the season draws closer.

“The players sould be professional, they are getting paid by the club, I expect them to show total professionalism between now and the end of the season,” he added.