WORCESTER City travel to newly-promoted Newark Flowserve this Saturday for their opening game of the season.
Worcester were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Bromsgrove Sporting in Saturday’s friendly at the Victoria Ground.
Liam Lockett opened the scoring for City after just 15 minutes but a Richard Gregory free kick brought Sporting level.
Sporting then took the lead early in the second half through Kieren Westwood but Worcester levelled as Lockett claimed his second goal of the game.
With 17 minutes to go, substitute Shaqulle McDonald bagged the winner.
Manager Ashley Vincent told the club’s website after a busy pre-season in which they had faced a number of step three teams, the players were raring to go in the games that mattered.
“It’s now at the point where we feel the boys are in good health and their fitness is at very high levels.
“Points and medals aren’t handed out in July but come April next year this team has all the ingredients to be in the shake-up and that’s why we will be leaving no stone unturned to be out to achieve.”
He said results in pre-season could bring about false reality and he, the staff and playing squad were happy with the way they had performed against the step three sides, adding his players had not looked out of place, despite the two-level difference.
“Should we have taken our chances created and bar individual mistakes, we would be sitting here with at least two comfortable victories.
“Our ultimate aim is to make us successful with the support of our great fans along the way this season.”