Worcester City Preview

A second home game in four days gives County a chance to climb to their highest position since dropping into Conference North in the summer of 2013. The two sides are amongst the form teams in the division having both climbed from the lower reaches over the last few games to give them a chance to hit 5th place if they can claim another victory.

VISITOR'S FORM

Worcester City's last five games (oldest first):

A v Brackley Town, Drew 0-0 (18th)
H v North Ferriby United, Won 2-1 (15th)
A v Barrow, Lost 0-1 (18th)
H v Lowestoft Town, Won 2-1 (13th)
H v Chorley, Won 2-0 (9th)

OPPOSITION PLAYERS

Like County today's visitors have based their run on keeping the main group of players in the side - only Gloucester and Stalybridge have used fewer players in their 16s so far. Worcester still have eight ever presents in their starting 11. The men who saw action in their victory over then League leaders Chorley at the weekend was:;


Last season's keeper José Veiga has lost his place to Nathan Vaughan who was signed from Kidderminster Harriers in the summer. Vaughan previously faced County in September 2012 when Sean Newton gave the Hatters a 1-0 home win. He is having a good season so far as only AFC Fylde's last line of defence, former County trialist Ben Hinchcliffe, has matched him in conceding just 7 goals.

Another player to switch from Harriers during the summer is ex-County man Danny Jackman. Now aged 31 Danny was brought to County from his first club Aston Villa in a £70,000 deal during December 2003. The full back had impressed manager Sammy McIlroy during two months on loan. Danny helped County avoid the drop in 2003/04 but after relegation to the lowest tier of League football the following season he moved on. Danny continued in League football until joining Harriers in January of last year and is now with his home town club.

Worcester's goals have been shared around 6 players with Danny Nti leading the way with three. Recent signing from Stourbridge Sean Geddes, who looks to be seen as a replacement for Ebby Nelson-Addy who has joined Brackley, made a scoring debut in their victory over Lowestoft. On Saturday Ellis Deeney and Tristan Dunkley were the men who hit the back of the net.

THE COUNTY SIDE

After making a few changes on Saturday - including a different formation, Alan Lord will probably need to change the side again on Tuesday. Firstly captain Jamie Milligan is now free from suspension and given his performances so far this season it seems unlikely that he will not immediately reclaim a place in the side. 


This might well mean a return to the five man back line of recent matches. However, two of our substitutions on Saturday were due to injuries which may well mean the men involved, Richie Baker and Bobby Lofthouse, could be unavailable for the starting eleven.



PREVIOUS VISITS

This will only be City's second visit to EP, and the home fans would certainly be happy with a repeat of last year's scoreline which was our biggest home win of 2013-14. Full back Kyle Jacobs started the scoring after 8 minutes, and County built up a comfortable 3-0 lead thanks to Rhys Tuner (25) and Phil Jevons[44]. With Jevons adding a second on 60 minutes and Danny Glover missing a penalty late on it was one of the better days last season.


Saturday 5 October 2013 - Skrill Conference North
COUNTY 4 (Jacobs, Turner, Jevons 2) Worcester City 0 att, 2,332
County: Ian Ormson, Kyle Jacobs, Scott Duxbury (Stephen O'Halloran), Danny Gosset (Brandon Windsor), James Tunnicliffe, Kieran Charnock, Tunji Moses, Bobby Lofthouse (Nicky Platt), Rhys Turner, Phil, Jevons, Iain Howard.
Worcester: José Veiga, Graham Hutchison, Ellis Deeney, Tom Thorley, Richard Munday, Exodus Geohaghon, Niall Thompson (Aaron Williams), Richard Taundry (Ebby Nelson-Addy), Daniel Nti, Phil Trainer, Dan Glover

MATCH PROSPECTS

Worcester are yet to record their first away win of the season and the County management will be confident that will still be the case should Richie Barker be fit to resume along with the return of captain Jamie Milligan. Their one concern might well be any continuation of missing chances like those created on Saturday. However, whilst the chances are being created there is little to complain about.

THIS WEEK'S OTHER MATCHES

The only other Conference North mid-week match took place on Monday night. It was home side Bradford PA whose hopes of 3 points were buried at Cemetery Road. Oxford City's away scoring exploits continued through Josetxo Lapoujade 8th minute opener. City added another 4 in the second half through Tom Winters's brace (59, 61), Felipe Barcelos (71) and Lewi Wilson in injury time. The 5-0 win put Oxford 3rd, leaving County and Worcester to battle it out for 5th.



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