WORCESTER City joint manager Matt Gardiner has admitted there will be ‘no easy games’ this season as his side prepare to take on in-form Stockport County.
The Blue and Whites have made a slow start to their campaign, by winning just one in seven and having tasted defeat four games on the spin, leaving them a point and a place off the bottom of the league.
But this week’s acquisition of former Football League star Lee Hughes has signaled the intent of Worcester and the 39-year-old is set to be in the squad for the trip to the Hatters.
City will be light on numbers at Edgeley Park without the suspended Ashley Vincent, Clayton McDonald and Sean Geddes – while there is also an injury doubt over Ryan Rowe (dead leg) who missed Monday’s defeat to Hednesford Town.
County have made a strong start to their National League North campaign by tasting defeat just once so far, and cementing their early place in the play-offs with Monday’s impressive 3-2 win over AFC Fylde.
Home form has been inconsistent for the National League giants with one win, one draw and one defeat from their three games, but Worcester’s away form has also been poor having picked up only one point from a possible nine.
Gardiner said: “It is a tough league, there are no easy games in this league – especially this year.
“It is still early and there are things we can change and other people have got to take responsibility (for the poor form).
“Me, Carl, all the staff, players, it is not pointed on any individuals we have all got to do better, which we will.
“It is a big league but we know what needs to be fixed and we will fix it.”
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