Albrighton wants to banish Wembley memory

BORO defender Mark Albrighton wants to help his team reach Wembley and in doing so eradicate his last experience at the home of English football. The centre back was part of the Cambridge United team which lost 1-0 to Exeter City in the Blue Square Premie

BORO defender Mark Albrighton wants to help his team reach Wembley and in doing so eradicate his last experience at the home of English football.

The centre back was part of the Cambridge United team which lost 1-0 to Exeter City in the Blue Square Premier play-off final in May last year, a victory which condemned the Us to another season in the Premier while their opponents were able to plan for life in the Football League.

Albrighton moved to Boro not long after and he could find himself back at Wembley twice this season as Boro are on course for a place in the Blue Square Premier play-offs and are in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.

To get to the Trophy final Boro have to beat current holders Ebbsfleet United in a two-legged semi-final which begins at The Lamex Stadium on Saturday, a game Albrighton knows his team cannot afford to lose.


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"It's exciting thinking about going to Wembley again," Albrighton said.

"Everyone wants to play there when they are growing up. I had the chance last season but we lost and it was an awful feeling, something I don't want repeated but we're doing really well and we're looking strong enough to go all the way.

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"Ebbsfleet are a good team and I think the matches will be cagey as both teams don't want to lose and be out of the tie by the second leg but we think we've got enough to get a goal or two and hopefully we'll keep a clean sheet.

"We have to make sure we keep it tight and take the chances when we get them."

Boro have two weeks off from their league campaign to concentrate on the Trophy, but Albrighton doesn't see the cup games as a distraction.

"We're doing well in the league but we've played more games than the other teams so now it's their turn to try and get the points.

"Histon is our next league game and when we play them we'll have a better idea of how we're doing as the places pan out but we're concentrating on the Trophy at the moment and we're really excited about fighting on both fronts."

Boro play Ebbsfleet at home this Saturday before the return leg at Stonebridge Road a week later.

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