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[05 APR 99] NUNEATON BOROUGH NEWS
Nuneaton Borough 2
Atherstone United 0

Nuneaton Borough are right on course to bring league football to the town for the first time.

Brendan Phillips’ team wrapped up the Dr Marten’s League Premier Division with five matches to spare when they beat their local rivals Atherstone United 2-0 at Sheepy Road on Saturday.

It was the signal for huge celebrations within the club and chairman Phil Clayton confessed:

"We treated the players to a few glasses of champagne and pints of Guinness and I will have a sore head for a month."

Nuneaton took the trophy with a massive 18 points lead over their nearest rivals and arrangements will be made for them to be presented with the trophy at a forthcoming home match. Nuneaton & Bedworth District Council is also expected to honour the football club in some way.

The Borough will play next season in the Nationwide Conference League, the Fourth Division of the Football League in all but name. The winners of the Conference are promoted into the Football League Third Division.

Manager Phillips will now bend most of his efforts to finding better players to help Borough to do well in the Conference, although he says:

"I have taken a look around and most of my current squad are good enough to serve us well at the higher level."

Nuneaton launched a five year plan two years ago aimed at bringing Football League matches to the town and Clayton says:

"We are right on course.

"It would be good for this area to have two league clubs. I would like to think that many Coventry City supporters would come to support us when the Sky Blues are playing away from home."

Nuneaton will try to move to a new stadium if they do achieve their aim. They have already made one attempt to move to an area of land near to their current Manor Park home, but local residents objected and the plan fell through.
 

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