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VS look to Dyer for Burnham trip; FOOTBALL.

STRIKER Matt Dyer has been included in VS Rugby's squad for their Eastern Division trip to mid-table Burnham.

The former Nuneaton Borough player netted in the Butlin Road team's 3- 1 extra-time win over Brierley Hill in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup on Wednesday.

Darren Beckett, who would have been suspended for tomorrow's match, will be missing for several weeks after suffering severe ligament damage following a bad tackle by Craig Hancox and Dave Stringer is doubtful with a calf strain.Adam Munday's ban ends next week and Jason Woodley returns after suspension. Paul John is expected to be included in the starting line- up after being ineligible in midweek.

VS boss Martin Sockett said: "Burnham are three points behind us with a game in hand and their home record is played six, won five, drawn one and their away record is the exact opposite.

"We like a challenge at VS and we're looking forward to the game."

VS Rugby: Beresford, Clarke, Young, Murphy, Shea, Woodley, Sullivan, Spacey, John, Evans, Owen, Warner, Dyer, Rainford.

o BEDWORTH UNITED will be out to improve on their poor away form when they travel to Stourbridge for a Dr Martens Western Division game.

The Greenbacks, who boasted one of the best away records last season, have been poor on their travels so far this term with just one victory at Racing Warwick two weeks ago.

But they'll be looking to put that right against a Stourbridge side who have not started brilliantly in the league.

Greenbacks caretaker boss Ady Gregory knows what a tough game his side are facing and said: "Our away form hasn't been good so far this season and that is something we have got to put right, starting tomorrow.

"We have been doing a lot of work in training and I'm not sure yet but the formation may change against Stourbridge.

"No game is easy and tomorrow will be the same. If we want anything from the match then we have to focus for the whole 90 minutes."

The Greenbacks recorded a brilliant 6-2 victory at the War Memorial Athletic Ground last season but Gregory added: "I'd settle for a 1-0 win tomorrow. It's always nice to score plenty of goals but the three points is the most important thing for us and that is what we are out to get."

Anthony Robinson will be given a 45-minute run-out in the reserves tonight to test his recovery from a groin injury, while Kevin Stanley, cousin of Jai, is added to the squad in place of the injured Chris Goodman, who broke his collarbone last week.

Bedworth United (from): Chambers, O'Brien, Fitzhugh, Sanders, Halford, K Stanley, Bedder, J Stanley, Kodua, Darlison, McKenzie, Richardson, Beard, Spacey, Black, Graham, Robinson, Dale.

STRATFORD TOWN manager Lenny Derby is set to make several changes for the Interlink Alliance clash with Wednesfield at Masons Road.Derby was unhappy with the overall performance in Tuesday's Birmingham Senior Cup clash at Dr Martens Western Division Sutton Coldfield, Stratford going down 5-1 after being level at 1-1 at the break.

Wednesfield are in fifth spot, two places ahead of Town, but having played two games more, and Derby said: "We are capable of getting a result against anyone, it is down to the lads to apply themselves."

Stratford Town (from): Biffin, Forrest, Beechey, Collinson, Holt, Cooksey, Rose, Dickson, Hamill, Bennett, Woodley, Darroch, Martin, McBean, Brant, Faulkner.
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Author:Wilson, Michelle
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 15, 1999
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