03 October 2002
Barnet are likely to field a similar side to that which drew with Morecambe last weekend for the game away to Forest Green. Skipper Greg Heald remains sidelined with a groin problem and midfielder Lee Flynn is also out with an ankle injury. Stuart Niven remains doubtful after sustaining a pre-season ankle injury.
Burton manager Nigel Clough is anything but complacent for his side's game against out-of-sorts Woking. Clough said: "I expect a very stiff challenge because Woking have lost seven games on the bounce. It's not an ideal time to play them because the run is bound to end sooner or later. I just hope it's not against us."
Chester will be without goalkeeper Wayne Brown away to Margate. Brown was sent off against Burton Albion for handling the ball outside his area and serves a one-match suspension. Defender Wayne Hatswell remains sidelined after breaking bones in both hands and will be out for a further two weeks.
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Dagenham & Redbridge will be without defender Lee Goodwin for their game away to Hereford United. The former West Ham trainee remains sidelined with an ankle problem. Fellow defender Ashley Vickers will also be absent, serving a one-match suspension after being sent off at Chester.
Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney has been boosted by news that former Bristol Rovers defender Steve Foster has signed a new contract with the club until the end of the season. Penney said: "Steve has been on a week-to-week deal and we are obviously very pleased to give him a new contract."
Farnborough boss Graham Westley has more options for the trip to Northwich after having only 14 fit players for last weekend's win at Telford. Westley has Joff Vansittart back in contention and the striker scored a hat-trick for the reserves in midweek, while defender Justin Gregory could also return after recovering from flu.
Forest Green manager Colin Addison hopes Jon Richardson will return for the game at home to Barnet. The defender is making progress in his recovery from a broken bone in his hand and is expected to wear a light bandage against the Bees. Midfielder Martin Foster serves a one-match suspension having been booked five times.
Gravesend centre-half Nick Burton is expected to return to action after an ankle injury for the home game against Scarborough. The squad has no suspensions or new injuries, and manager Andy Ford is likely to field a similar team to that which won 2-1 last weekend at Northwich.
Halifax boss Chris Wilder hopes his side can gain their first away win of the season at Stevenage. Wilder said: "Stevenage have won only once at home this season and we haven't won away, so something should crack. I know their manager, Wayne Turner, very well. He will be well organised and desperate for success."
Hereford will be without skipper Ian Wright and Danny Williams for their game at home to Dagenham. Defender Wright sustained a hamstring injury in the defeat at home to Scarborough last weekend, while midfielder Williams has been suf-fering from a groin strain. Long-term injury victims are midfielder Ben Smith and striker John Grant.
Kettering have doubts over Shaun Murray and Lee Howarth, who both have calf strains, for the game at home to Telford. Defender Craig Norman is suspended after being sent off against Morecambe. Manager Carl Shutt, beset by injuries all sea-son so far, said: "From a squad of 19, 17 have had some sort of injury."
Leigh manager Steve Waywell hopes to end a run of seven successive away defeats when his side visit Morecambe. Waywell, whose side have lost three consecutive games, said: "We've not been playing particularly badly, we've just not had the rub of the green. Hopefully our luck will change and we'll get the result we need."
Margate will be without midfielder Simon Beard, who has a foot injury, at home to second-placed Chester. Striker Phil Collins is likely to be limited to a role on the bench as he continues his comeback after a groin operation. Defenders Bill Edwards (knee), Lee Shearer (back) and Graham Porter (back) hope to be fit.
Morecambe welcome the return of Keith Hill and Adriano Rigoglioso at home to Leigh RMI. The duo are back after one-match suspensions for a sending-off and five bookings respectively. Defender Jim Bentley is training again after suffering a pre-season ankle injury and is expected to return to first-team action in two weeks.
Northwich Victoria hope to have Val Owen and Kevin Street fit for their game against Farnborough at Drill Field. Midfielder Owen and striker Street are suffering from groin injuries and will have late fitness tests. Manager Jimmy Quinn will also be without young defender Chris Royle, who is suspended after being sent off at Kettering.
Nuneaton manager Steve Burr faces a growing injury crisis for the home clash with Doncaster Rovers. Jason Peake, Adam Cooper and Barry Williams are sidelined and John Turner faces a late fitness test, but Warren Peyton returns from flu. Jason Harris and Lee Howey have been released following budget cutbacks.
Scarborough could have a central defensive crisis for their game away to Gravesend. Centre-halves Shaun Rennison (lateral ligament damage), Steve Baker (medial ligament damage) and Richard Dryden (hamstring) all face fitness battles. Midfielders Nick Henry and Jason Blunt also hope to pass late checks.
Southport boss Phil Wilson will be without skipper Steve Soley for the top-of-the-table clash at Yeovil. The 31-year-old midfielder starts a three-match suspension for being sent off against Doncaster last month. But the Sandgrounders are boosted by news that Peter Thomson is available despite being substituted in the 3-0 victory at Dagenham.
Stevenage manager Wayne Turner has a healthy squad to choose from as he prepares his side for their home match against Halifax. Defender Simon Travis is back at full fitness after playing in last week's 5-1 away hammering of Woking with flu. Turner joked: "Simon played really well last week - I hope he has the flu again!"
Telford could include striker Steve Kerrigan in their side against Kettering. The 29-year-old has joined the club on a month's loan from Halifax and may play depending on his fitness levels. Ben Morley has been released by manager Jake King but Martin Barlow has agreed a deal to stay for the rest of the season.
Woking manager Geoff Chapple is expected to make changes as he aims to end a run of seven consecutive defeats against Burton Albion at Kingfield. Chapple could be without striker Chris Sharpling, who is still struggling with a medial knee ligament injury, while midfielder Scott Steele (calf) and goalkeeper Tony Tucker (back) are also missing.
Conference leaders Yeovil, unbeaten in 10 games, are without skipper Terry Skiverton for their home match against third-placed Southport. Roy O'Brien replaces central defender Skiverton, who has been in free-scoring form for the Glovers. Abdelhalim Elkholti, who made his debut in the 4-2 win at Leigh, is set to be in the squad again.