Nuneaton Boroughs goalkeeper Richard Williams will be glad
to see the end of November.
In a painful month he has been transported from matches to hospitals in Burton-on-Trent
and Manchester, but still he hopes to be fit to play in Saturdays home league match
against Halesowen Town.
The courageous keeper was stretchered off to hospital in Burton when his neck was
damaged in a full blooded challenge and then on Monday he found himself in hospital in
Manchester when he was injured in a collision during the F.A. Trophy replay at Hyde Town.
His manager Brendan Phillips said:
"He will be glad when December comes around. We think he will be fit to play
against Halesowen, but Kevin Shoemaker is on stand by just in case."
Phillips will be urging his men to put the disappointments of the cup behind them. They
lost 1-0 at Hyde in Monday's replay and he said:
"We should have done the job on Saturday when we were at home, but even in the
replay we had enough chances to have won it.
"Now we have to put all that behind us and concentrate on our main priority which
is to win the league."
Borough have a twelve points margin over the chasing pack and victory over Halesowen
would maintain the gap.
"Halesowen are tough opponents," says Phillips. "They were big
favourites at the start of the season. They are a big club with good resources, but have
had a disappointing start. They sacked their manager Stewart Hall last week and replaced
him with John Chambers. Their players will be anxious to impress the new man so it will
not be easy.
"It is a long, hard season. We have played seventeen matches, but there are
twenty-seven to go."