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
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.