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United front helps to lift Boro spirits; FOOTBALL: Nuneaton aces praised for mixing with loyal fans after latest victory.

Byline: Derek Brown

NUNEATON Town - undefeated since the opening day of the Zamaretto Premier Division season - are also making impressive progress off the pitch. A spirit and camaraderie among the players has not gone unnoticed by the club's punters following last Saturday's 3-1 beating of Hemel Hempsted at Liberty Way.

Supporters who stayed on afterwards for refreshments certainly witnessed a rarity for Boro squads over recent seasons - celebrating their success in the social club and among the people who help pay their wages.

Long serving Boro fan and twice assistant manager Ron Bradbury said: "It was terrific watching the players have a laugh and joke together after the Hemel success as well as mingle with the supporters.

"There was a tremendous atmosphere in the club and in my opinion this is what non-league football is all about.

"I remember not so long ago I'd go into the bar afterwards and none of the players came in.

"They got showered, changed into their cars and away but that has refreshingly changed and I applaud Ian Neale and manager Kevin Wilkin for what they have done to knit the club, fans and players a lot closer together.

"These moves can only help in our bid for promotion back to Blue Square North."

"Having former players coming back and having a chat with the fans is also a positive move while it's another plus when the club chairman and the management can relate to the supporters, who like nothing more than to ask questions about their club," added Bradbury.

On the team front, wing-back Simon Forsdick awaits news of a scan on his injured hand but is hopeful of facing Carlton Town in Friday night's FA Cup, second qualifying round tie at Liberty Way.

Meanwhile, striker Gez Murphy, who like Forsdick did not train Monday night with the rest of the squad, has picked up a minor knock.

Boro's Birmingham Senior Cup, first round tie at Coventry Sphinx is next Tuesday unless FA Cup replays determine otherwise and Boro's RedInsure League Cup encounter at home to Romulus has been provisionally set for Tuesday, October 27.

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KNOCK... Simon Forsdick (right) hopes to be back in action against Carlton Town.
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