Heeley relishing final play-off push

By Tim Clarke 24/04 Updated: 25/04 13:58

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MANAGER Carl Heeley insists there is no pressure on his Worcester City side as they head into the final month of the season with a place in the play-offs still within their grasp.

Tuesday night's thrilling 3-2 victory at Boston United kept alive City's dream of finishing in the top five as they head into this weekend's trip to relegation threatened Harrogate Town.

With six games to go City are four points off fifth placed Gainsborough Trinity and Heeley is relishing the challenge of trying to pull off a shock by seeing his side gatecrash the play-offs.

"With the greatest respect if you look at the top eight sides there are two surprises in there," he said.

"One is Hyde, who are top of the league and enjoying a wonderful season, and the other is ourselves and that's brilliant and a reward for all the hard work that has been put in by everyone at the club."

"The fact we have still got something to play for with a month to go of the season is superb and we wouldn't change that.

"But we are not going to heap any pressure on ourselves. Matt Gardiner (assistant manager) and myself are level headed, we understand we are in a decent position but we are not going to get carried away because we haven't achieved anything yet."

City's run-in includes clashes against a number of sides battling to preserve their Blue Square Bet North status as well as trips to play off rivals Nuneaton and Gainsborough Trinity.

"If you look at out last six fixtures, three of those are against Harrogate, Hinckley and Workington who are scrapping for their lives and they are not going to be easy.

"Two of the other games are against our play off rivals so we are not going to have an easy run in. It's going to be tough but I'm not worried about any other team because we know if we concentrate and perform ourselves we can beat anyone."

Midfielder Tom Thorley remains a major doubt for Saturday's game as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury but striker Michael Taylor is expected to shake off a knock picked up in the Boston victory.

"Michael Taylor, Dwayne Sameuls and Tyler Weir have all taken a few knocks but I know how much they want to play," Heeley added.

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