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[16 OCT 98] NUNEATON BOROUGH NEWS
Nuneaton Borough v Burton Albion - Preview
[DR MARTENS PREMIER DIVISION]

Nuneaton Borough are getting used to big Cup games. They beat local rivals Atherstone United after a replay in the last qualifying round and tomorrow they are thrust into another big local derby against Burton Albion.

Borough manager Brendan Phillips said:

"This is going to be as tough if not tougher than the Atherstone match. We beat them 4-1 in the league on our ground four weeks ago and knowing Burton Albion as I do, they will be going flat out for revenge.

"They are one of the fancied sides in the Dr Martens Premier Division and they are one tough outfit. I make this the tie of the third qualifying round, but we shall be taking a lot of Borough supporters with us and we will be doing our best to win at Burton.

"If it finishes all square then we will bring them back to Manor Park to finish the job."

Phillips was disappointed that his top table side could manage only a goalless draw against bottom club Dorchester Town last weekend but he pointed out that he had to substitute a couple of key players through injuries.

Gary Statham (concussion) and top scorer Malcolm Christie (calf injury) had to leave the action and will take fitness tests shortly before the Cup tie.

Phillips also hopes that Christie's co-striker Anton Thomas and defender Richard Gardner will also pass fitness tests to play.

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