IN-FORM Steve Worrall is in bullish mood as he prepares for the Heathens' prestigious Golden Hammer contest.

The flying Cradley star will enter the showpiece event at Monmore Green next Tuesday amongst the favourites after a spectacular start to the campaign.

Worrall has proved something of a revelation since joining the Heathens in 2014, establishing himself as a dominant force at National League level.

However, he will face arguably his stiffest test of the season at Monmore as the likes of Lewis Blackbird, Kyle Newman and Ashley Birks contend for Hammer glory.

Having put in some strong showings previously in the event, Worrall is desperate to finally reach the top of the rostrum.

Although he realises he will face a tough challenge, he is confident he can emerge victorious in what is set to be a blockbuster meeting.

Worrall said: "It's a meeting I'd love to win now I'm a Cradley rider and I can't wait.

"I've ridden in it before and always been there or thereabouts, but this time I'd love to go one better.

"It's a great meeting to be involved in, and there's always been a great crowd when I've been there in the past so I'm sure this year will be no different.

"I know what I can do, especially around Cradley, and I've just got to hope everything comes together for me on the night.

"In these sorts of meetings you can't really afford any mistakes, so fingers crossed everything goes to plan.

"I'm riding well at the moment and I'm feeling confident, so I feel like I should stand a good chance.

"I know I can't take anything for granted because there are a few riders who are capable of winning it.

"But at the same time I'm going there to win, and if I don't manage to do it I'll be disappointed."

With 16 riders and 20 heats, it’s a busy night ahead – and the club have pegged admission prices at £11 adults, £8 concessions and £2 children with a special souvenir programme at £3.

FAST Golden Hammer Draw: Oliver Greenwood (Coventry), Lewis Blackbird (Eastbourne / Peterborough), Danny Phillips (Cradley), James Sarjeant (Coventry), Kyle Newman (Poole / Plymouth), Ashley Birks (Scunthorpe), Steve Worrall (Cradley / Swindon / Edinburgh), Jon Armstrong (Stoke), Max Clegg (Cradley / Leicester), Tom Perry (Cradley / Wolves), Nathan Greaves (Cradley / Swindon), Simon Lambert (Workington/ Kent), Matt Williamson (Cradley / Scunthorpe), Liam Carr (Buxton), Dan Greenwood (Coventry), Adam Roynon.