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Ben Strevens is out of Barnets trip to Northwich
after going off during the midweek win over Doncaster.
The midfielder started his first game for two months but
his injury flared up. Mark Gower and Greg Heald are back
unscathed from action with the England non-league team
and should play.
Boss Steve Evans will be without striker Mickey Brown
(thigh) for the biggest game in the clubs history.
Victory at Hayes will lift them into the Football League
and Evans said: We know if we win we will be
playing league football next year. Its in our hands
and thats the wonderful thing.
Chester go into the last game of the season knowing they
will play a big part in the destiny of the Conference
championship. They could ruin Dagenhams hopes of
promotion to the Football League if they win and manager
Mark Wright has dismissed Boston boss Steve Evans
fears he will field a weakened side.
Dagenham are expected to name an unchanged side from the
team that beat Woking 2-0 on Tuesday. Manager Garry
Hills side face Chester in a match which could see
them promoted if Boston slip up against already relegated
Hayes. He said: At the moment we have no real
problems and that is the best thing we can hope for.
Boss Dave Penney will be without Jamie Price at Morecambe
after he received his marching orders during the 1-0
defeat by Dagenham. Penney has guided Rovers to third
place in the Conference, a position they will secure with
three points at Christie Park. He said: Third will
be an improvement on last year.
Dover manager Clive Walker will try to hold on to as many
players as possible despite being relegated from the
Nationwide Conference. He said: It has been a very
disappointing season for us and all we can do is look
forward to next season. I will try to keep hold of as
many players as I can.
Farnborough have signed 20-year-old Wycombe Wanderers
goalkeeper Mark Osborn on loan until the end of the
season. The Conference granted special permission for the
signing after Darren Bonfield was injured at Boston last
week and was ruled out until the end of the campaign.
Forest Green manager Nigel Spink wants his team to make a
final push up the Nationwide Conference despite the fact
that they are safe from relegation. The Rovers boss said:
Regardless that we are now safe in the Conference
and avoided relegation, I will be looking for my team to
take us higher.
Hayes boss Willy Wordsworth will be without Paul
Holsgrove (calf) and Ryan Spencer (ankle) as his side
look to achieve the impossible against title-chasers
Boston. They must beat the league leaders and overturn a
14-goal deficit against a losing Woking if they to avoid
dropping out of the Nationwide Conference.
Hereford have no fresh injury worries to contend with for
their last match of the season. Top scorer Gavin Williams
will play in possibly his last match for the club after
stalling on signing a new contract. Stephen Piearce and
Ian Rodgerson are still out for the trip to Stevenage.
Leigh go into the game against Farnborough with seven
players out through injury. Boss Steve Waywell plans to
give youth its chance and said: Our main aim for
next season will be to stay in the Conference and keep
our young squad together because they will only improve
with the more matches they play.
Margate manager Chris Kinnear could be without nine
players for the visit of Stalybridge. Graham Porter, Lee
Williams and Iain OConnell are all struggling to be
fit, while Dean Yorath, Simon Beard, Charlie Mitten, Akpo
Sodje, Phil Collins and John Keister remain on the
Morecambe have been reported to the Football Association
by their Nationwide Conference rivals Leigh RMI for an
illegal approach towards striker Michael Twiss. The
24-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season
and Leigh claim he has been holding talks with Morecambe,
a claim the Shrimpers deny.
Northwich hope to welcome back Mark Devlin and Mark
Barnard for their last game of the season against Barnet.
Midfielder Devlin missed the midweek defeat at Stevenage
with an Achilles injury while defender Barnard was absent
with flu. Danny Ingram serves the third and final game of
Nuneaton chairman Philip Clayton is anticipating a
relaxing afternoon watching some quality football as
Borough take on Scarborough. He said: Both clubs
are safe so it will be a relaxing afternoon where
hopefully we will see some good football. Barry
Williams returns from a hamstring injury.
Midfielder Ryan Sugden may be missing from
Saturdays clash with Nuneaton after picking up a
knee injury against Dagenham. Manager Russell Slade said:
Sugden is doubtful for the match but he still may
play, he is not definitely out. Karl Rose may also
return to the side after missing the last three games.
Manager Phil Wilson is seeking revenge against Forest
Green after they beat his side earlier in the season. The
Southport boss said: It will be a tough game. They
beat us in the first game but we want revenge.
Attacking full-back Chris Lane is a doubt after picking
up an knock against Yeovil on Tuesday.
Stalybridge boss Dave Miller is sweating on the fitness
of Phil Trainer ahead of the clash with Margate. The
on-loan Crewe midfielder sustained a groin injury in
training. Miller said: I still think players are
playing for their contracts and this is their chance to
impress. We want to go out on a high.
Manager Wayne Turner hopes a win against Hereford will
help build much-needed confidence for the FA Trophy
final. He said: I want to finish on a high.
Hopefully a win will build the lads confidence for
the final. Jean Michel Sigere (hamstring), John
Dreyer (hamstring), and Scott Houghton (Achilles) are
Telford boss Jake King is pleased with his teams
performance this season and believes his team can pluck
one last win out of the bag. He said: It has been a
good season for us again, as was last season. We are
looking to finish with a win and hopefully climb a few
more places if the games go our way.
Woking manager Geoff Chapple admits it has been another
hard season for the club which once again sees them at
the wrong end of the table. He said: It has been a
difficult season and for the third one in a row.
Hopefully there will be better things next season. For
now I just want to finish with a win.
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson says his team will take the
game against Dover on Saturday seriously despite the
shadow of the FA Trophy final hanging over them. He said:
We are looking forward to the game against Dover.
We are also looking forward to the final and I hope there
will be a big turn out.