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We'll give it our best shot, says Bradbury; FOOTBALL.

IF ATHERSTONE United are to escape relegation, victory in tomorrow's Sheepy Road clash with bottom club Grantham Town would seem to be a must.

With the club in financial turmoil at present, manager Ron Bradbury could be excused at being disillusioned - but the Adders chief is far from throwing in the towel although he accepts that the existence of the club is more important than beating Grantham. "The priority is Atherstone's survival, not taking three points from tomorrow's match," he said.

Yet whatever side Bradbury fields to face the Gingerbreads there'll be no shortage of commitment or determination, Bradbury's pre-match pep talk will ensure that.

But he does face a selection problem with several of his non-contract players looking to continue their non-league careers elsewhere following the drastic cut in the team's cash budget.

Back in January '97 United were in a similar situation but the cutbacks brought out the fighting spirit in the squad and they produced a staggering run in which they lost just twice in 21 matches to hoist themselves out of danger and even Bradbury doubts whether he and assistant Bob Stockley can work the Houdini act again.

"We shall continue to give it our best shot but it's going to be difficult. My main concern is for the club's survival. Winning matches is secondary although I'm certain whoever pulls on the shirts tomorrow will give 100 per cent .

"I've named a squad but there's no way I could even start to guess who will turn up out of it. The majority of the lads trained last night so I'm hoping they'll all be there."

Atherstone United (from): Higgs, Blair, Barratt, Olner, Middleton, Redgate, Martin, Orton, Vincent, Hart, Lavery, Kelly, White, Pitt, Turvey.
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Date:Jan 7, 2000
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