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Conference Press Release

26 April 2002


Ben Strevens is out of Barnet’s 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.

boston united

Boss Steve Evans will be without striker Mickey Brown (thigh) for the biggest game in the club’s 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. It’s in our hands and that’s the wonderful thing.”

chester city

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 Dagenham’s 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 & redbridge

Dagenham are expected to name an unchanged side from the team that beat Woking 2-0 on Tuesday. Manager Garry Hill’s 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. ”

doncaster rovers

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 athletic

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 town

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 rovers

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 united

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 rmi

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 O’Connell are all struggling to be fit, while Dean Yorath, Simon Beard, Charlie Mitten, Akpo Sodje, Phil Collins and John Keister remain on the sidelines.


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 victoria

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 his ban.

nuneaton borough

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 Saturday’s 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 celtic

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.”

stevenage borough

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 doubtful.

telford united

Telford boss Jake King is pleased with his team’s 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 town

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.”


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