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Conference Press Release

19 April 2002


Midfielder John Doolan remains on the sidelines for the clash with Margate. Doolan had been due to return after missing the previous two games through suspension, but he has now been told he needs an operation on a disc problem and will undergo surgery next week. Austin Berkley is also out for the remainder of the season with a groin problem.

boston united

Boss Steve Evans is likely to be without four key players for Boston's home clash with Farnborough. Paul Ellender is ruled out with an ankle ligament injury, while James Gould is also struggling with an ankle problem. Ray Warburton looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury and Mickey Brown (thigh) is expected to join him on the sidelines.

chester city

Chester boss Mark Wright will shuffle his pack now his team are safe from the drop. Wright's side clinched their Conference status with Tuesday's win over Farnborough. And he will give the fringe players a chance to prove they are wor th keeping. He said: "We've got a big squad and there are about seven I want to have a look at."

dagenham & redbridge

Manager Garry Hill welcomes back Steve West and Dean Hooper from suspension for the trip to Scarborough. The pair missed the dramatic 1-0 defeat by Hereford at Edgar Street on Tuesday through suspension, but top-scorer Mark Stein is still banned. Hill will assess the fitness of striker Ken Charlery, who was substituted in the first half at Hereford.

doncaster rovers

Dave Penney may name an unchanged side for Doncaster's match against Southport. Fran Tiernney is close to a return after injury but may have to settle for a place on the bench. Manager Dave Penney said: "We'll be continuing to use our young squad, who are gaining experience all the time."

dover athletic

Midfielder Jimmy Strouts starts a two-match suspension when relegated Dover host Morecambe. Striker Keith Scott is rated doubtful with a knee injury, while Tony Browne is still struggling with a heel problem. Manager Clive Walker said: "Although we are relegated, it would be nice to finish the season with a couple of victories."

farnborough town

Graham Westley is without defender Darren Annon for the tough trip to Conference leaders Boston. Annon made a substitute appearance during the 4-2 win over Scarborough last weekend, but was forced to sit out the defeat at Chester on Tuesday. The 30-year-old, who has accumulated 10 yellow cards this season, will complete a two-match ban.

forest green rovers

Nigel Spink is without Martin Foster for the home clash against Northwich through suspension. The Rovers midfielder has only missed two league matches this season, but Spink said: "Martin would probably have missed the game anyway as he is carrying an injury." Spink added that he would be checking on the fitness of a number of players before the match.


Willy Wordsworth is likely to make a few changes to his relegation-threatened Hayes side as they travel to Hereford. The only certain absentee from the party is Kevin Warner, who is suspended for one match. Wordsworth said: "I might be looking to make one or two changes."

hereford united

Hereford welcome back striker Paul Parry as he has served his one-match suspension. Striker Rob Elmes is hoping to recover from a groin injury which kept him out of the 1-0 win over Dagenham. Midfielder Gavin Williams, who was recently a target for Conference rivals Chester City, is likely to remain in the squad.

leigh rmi

Defender Nicky Spooner faces the prospect of donning the goalkeeper's jersey for a second match when Leigh meet Yeovil. Spooner played the second half of last Saturday's defeat by Boston in goal after Mark Westhead sustained a back injury, with reg-ular stoppers David Felgate and Craig Dootson already sidelined. Westhead has a 75% chance of being fit.


Margate midfielder Nick Roddis has been named in the squad for the England National Game XI's game against the Netherlands next Wednesday (kick-off 7.30pm). Roddis has made 10 appearances for the club since signing from Woking in December. The game will take place at Yeovil's Huish Park.


Morecambe boss Jim Harvey has the task of lifting morale at Christie Park after their FA Trophy hopes were ended at the semi-final stage by Stevenage. The Shrimps lost the first match 2-1 at home but produced a strong performance in the return leg and deserved better than the 4-1 aggregate score.

northwich victoria

Defender Denny Ingram is ruled out of the trip to Forest Green through suspension. Ingram was sent off in Nor thwich's 1-0 defeat at Hereford, and his season is now over after landing a three-match ban. Midfielder Val Owen, who has been struggling with a hand injury, came on as a substitute in the midweek win against Stalybridge, and he could play a more prominent role.

nuneaton borough

Manager Steve Burr will be without Richard Lavery for Nuneaton's game with Woking as he begins a two-match suspension. Defender Barry Williams should return to the side after a month out with a hamstring strain. Burr said: "We want to win every game. We're not going to go and do Woking any favours, I'm sure they wouldn't do us any. "


Manager Russell Slade has challenged his players to do the double over the title-chasers after their 2-0 victory over Boston. Ahead of the visit of second-placed Dagenham, Slade said: "We were very pleased with the performance but more with the result because it meant we are staying up. It would be nice to do the double over the top two."


Phil Wilson could make changes to his starting line-up for the trip to third-placed Doncaster. Southport lost out to Everton reserves 3-1 on Tuesday in the Liverpool Senior Cup when Wilson rested a handful of key performers. But after going down to a late goal at home to Hayes last week, Wilson may tinker with his starting XI.

stalybridge celtic

Relegation-threatened Stalybridge have a doubt over striker Tony Shandran for the must-win game against Telford. Shandran injured an Achilles in the midweek defeat at Northwich and is rated only 50-50. Strike partner Sammy Ayorinde is back from international duty with Nigeria in Scotland and returns to the starting line-up.

stevenage borough

Three Stevenage players have been named in the squad for the England National Game XI's game against the Netherlands next Wednesday (kick-off 7.30pm). Defender Jason Goodliffe, midfielder Simon Wormull and striker Kirk Jackson are in John Owen's squad for the game, to be played at Huish Park, Yeovil.

telford united

Telford are likely to be without three key players for the trip to Stalybridge. Lee Fowler underwent a cartilage operation in the week and is definitely out, as is Gary Mar tindale, who has been out for a fortnight with knee trouble. Jake Edwards is likely to miss out with suspected broken ribs, but young striker Paul Moore could feature after two goals in a midweek reserve game.


Manager Geoff Chapple will wait until the last possible moment before naming his squad to take on Nuneaton. Eddie Saunders, who missed last week's victory over Stalybridge with concussion, faces a late fitness test. Scott Steele is recovering slowly from a strained stomach muscle, while Warren Patmore's Achilles injury keeps him on the sidelines.

yeovil town

Yeovil's Huish Park has been chosen to host the game between the England National Game XI and Holland next Wednesday (7.30pm). Club chairman John Fry said: "I hope football supporters from across the region turn out in force to support England and provide a great atmosphere for the players."


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