Sunday, 29 July 2012

News: Gardiner happy as Worcester City take shape

HAPPY: Matt Gardiner
WORCESTER’S assistant manager Matt Gardiner hailed the performance of his front men following a 3-1 win at Southern League Bashley with City’s squad beginning to take shape.

Gardiner said that he and manager Carl Heeley are getting closer to their starting XI for the opener at newly promoted Bradford Park Avenue in three weeks time, but insisted there are still places “up for grabs”.

City’s number two said: “I thought it was a really good game, Bashley gave us the workout we were looking for at this stage of pre-season.

“We played the lads for a little bit longer, and the message we try to give them in every game in terms of progression has come through – the way we moved the ball around looked good.”

“We’ve probably got seven or eight in place now, but there are still places up for grabs. The lads have done well but we’ve still got three more friendlies, and to be fair, I couldn’t name the starting XI for Bradford now, so everyone still has an opportunity.”

Danny Glover grabbed a quick-fire double to put the visitors on course for their victory at Bashley Road, and Gardiner was particularly happy with the performance of his strikers.

“We’re really happy with Danny, and our front four really, they all did very well.

“Danny’s partnership with Mike Symons’ looks like it is getting better with every game and that’s what we want at this stage of the season. I’m really pleased for both of them.

“Greg Mills has come back and done really well – he’s made a real impact and he’ll be a good addition if we can get him in.”

The final places in City’s squad seem set to go to current players or trialists though, as Gardiner said he wasn’t looking to add more new faces.

“Not at this stage” he said. “We’re happy with where we are at the moment, but we’ll see how it goes.”

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