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[04 SEP 98] NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL NEWS
Nuneaton Borough
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Nuneaton Borough have made their best start to a season for years. Four wins from four games sees them sitting proudly at the top of the Dr Martens Premier Division and good results from the next four games would make them everyone's favourites to lift the championship.

Not that manager Brendan Phillips will entertain such a thought. He squashes any of that nonsense as soon as anyone gets on to the subject.

Suggestions that he should be 'manager of the month' provoke scornful guffaws and he retorts that he would rather be manager of the month for May than August.

But he is quietly satisfied that Boro have done so well even though he professes not to be happy with the number of goals which have been leaked in away matches.

"We have conceded four goals in two games and we definitely need to tighten up," he says.

"But at home we have been very solid at the back. I want Manor Park to be a fortress to which other teams will not relish coming."

Borough play at Crawley Town tomorrow.

"They are a respectable outfit but they have not had a good start. They moved into a new stadium last year and it is the best ground in the league. They will be desperate for their first win, but I am a bit optimistic that we can continue our run.

"Our goals have not been a one man band. Malcolm Christie has scored in each of the four matches so far, but five other players have also scored. We have been working on getting more players in the box and so far it has been successful."

Borough go to Crawley with no injury problems and Phillips says:

"We have been fortunate in that respect. It is a tough old league and we play a lot of games."

Nuneaton are at home to Burton Albion on Tuesday and then travel to play Gloucester next Saturday.
 

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