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Cricket: Murphy boost for Boro's young duo; NATIONWIDE NORTH.

Roger Ashby wants the know-how of fit-again Gez Murphy to provide the extra impetus into Nuneaton Borough's push towards the top of the Nationwide North table.

Boro have had to rely on the youngest strike duo in the league, with 20-year-old Avun Jephcott partnering 19-yearold Michael Frew, since Murphy's hamstring problem ruled him out five weeks ago.

Manager Ashby says it's a credit to Frew and Jephcott they have risen to third in the table but Murphy's expected return will be a boost for Saturday's trip to Altrincham.

'Gez has been training every day and having treatment and he is desperate to get back into the team,' said Ashby.

Boro, still without veteran forward Kevin Wilkin, are expected to keep Mark Clifford in defence after his surprise inclusion in Tuesday's win over Stalybridge following a month's loan at Grantham.

Bob Faulkner is stepping up moves to bolster injury-hit Moor Green's squad in time for their home clash with Ashton United at the Moorlands.

The Moors are again without Rob Elmes, Ben Petty, Richard Follett and John Frain while Mark Turner has returned to Tamworth after the end of his one-month loan. Turner, too, has suffered from injury during his Moorlands stay and been able to play just twice following a knee injury.

Faulkner, who has been frustrated in one loan move for a Conference midfielder this week, hopes top scorer Darren Middleton can return after missing two games with an ankle problem.

UNIBOND FIRST: Injury addedto insult as Willenhall Town's controversial midweek action left them without half-a-dozen players for tomorrow's home clash with North Ferriby United.

Reds manager Rob Smith described Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Ilkeston Town as 'farcical' after play was halted for 45 minutes while officials sought a replacement assistant referee when the match referee pulled out 15 minutes into the game. After a public appeal to the crowd for a qualified official brought no response, Ilkeston then managed to contact a referee who lived nearby.

But then he was the focus of Willenhall's anger when a Richard Field 'goal' was chalked off.

Willenhall's disappointment was intensified by injuries to striker John Quilt (back), defender Chris Curran (thigh) and midfielder Mark Swann (knee) ahead of Saturday's clash with Humberside visitors North Ferriby at Noose Lane.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Sep 24, 2004
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