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Worcester City Preview

by Hal Boxhall-Dockree
08 February 2017

Worcester City Preview

 

Harrogate Town welcome Worcester City to The CNG Stadium on Saturday looking to build on an encouraging start to the year.

 

After last weekend’s 3-0 win at Boston United, Town’s ten points claimed over the last five games sees them 5th in the form table, with just one loss in six National League North outings.

The two met on the opening day of the 2016/17 season when JP Pittman, who returns from suspension for Saturday’s tie, stole a point with a 91st minute equaliser on his debut.

The Blues were under the stewardship of Carl Heeley back then, though their long serving Manager resigned at the end of January following a run of no wins in 11 league games that stretches back to early November and leaves the now-managerless side three points clear of the relegation zone.

Despite the lack of wins, a draw with Tamworth last weekend means The Blues have lost just one of their last five matches, while their 40 goals conceded is the second best record in the bottom half.

Worcester have not won away in the National League North since the middle of September, with only Stalybridge and Altrincham having won less matches in total this season.

Town will need to be wary of striker Lee Hughes who struck twice on the opening day of the season and has 13 league goals for the campaign; the fifth best total in the league.

There have been no draws in the last 11 National League North games at The CNG Stadium, though both sides have collected the same amount of points over the last 15 games.