City boss satisfied with solid display

By Tim Clarke Monday 14 January 2013 Updated: 15/01 13:39

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Buy photos » Satisfied - City manager Carl Heeley felt his side's draw with Altrincham was a fair result. Picture by Lee Hawkins.

WORCESTER City manager Carl Heeley was satisfied with a point after his side were held to a 0-0 stalemate against play-off rivals Altrincham at St George's Lane.

City missed out on the chance to leapfrog the Robins into the top five of Blue Square Bet North as both teams enjoyed chances to win the closely-fought clash but were thwarted by solid defensive displays.

And while Heeley was disappointed not to steal a march on their rivals overall the City boss felt a share of the spoils was a fair outcome.

"I thought overall it was probably the correct result and as 0-0 draws go it seemed like quite an entertaining game," Heeley said.

"I thought we were the better side first half and we shaded the possession and the chances but it was a similar story second half when Altrincham probably did the same. Overall we wanted to win the game but not at the expense of losing it and I thought it was a solid performance."

Worcester will take great encouragement from their second successive clean sheet after facing one of the league's most free-scoring outfits, spearheaded by the prolific Damian Reeves.

"I'm not sure how many teams have kept clean sheets against Altrincham but I wouldn't imagine it is many," the City manager added.

"With Reeves, Nicky Clee, Jordan Sinnott and then they bring on the lad Duncan Watmore - who for me is destined for bigger things - we had our work cut out but I thought as a unit the boys worked hard and stuck to the game-plan and defended incredibly well."

"I'm a little bit disappointed we couldn't carve more openings in the second half but I think it was a well-earned point and we're quite satisfied with that."

Meanwhile, Heeley also revealed keeper Matt Sargeant has joined Chasetown on a month's loan with Jimmy Dormand returning as cover to first choice Glyn Thompson.

Dormand left Worcester in the summer to concentrate on his business interests but has agreed to provide temporary cover to the experienced Thompson.

"As an outfield player you have ten opportunities to get back on the pitch but as a keeper invariably you sit on the bench for the whole game," Heeley said.

"I had an approach from Chasetown to take him on loan for a month and I felt it was important to keep him playing because he has had a run of games in the side. He wanted to go and he lives less than a minute's walk away from Chasetown so it suits all. Jimmy kindly offered to be back up to Thomo so it was an ideal situation for all really."

Winger Danny Edwards has also agreed a short loan deal with Redditch United.

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