Boro duo set to miss Altrincham test
Ronnie Henry and Darren Murphy are major doubts for Saturday s trip to Altrincham after both hobbled off in Boro s win against Woking on Tuesday. Henry is likely to be out for at least a week with a dead leg while Murphy had to be replaced in the first ha
Ronnie Henry and Darren Murphy are major doubts for Saturday's trip to Altrincham after both hobbled off in Boro's win against Woking on Tuesday.
Henry is likely to be out for at least a week with a dead leg while Murphy had to be replaced in the first half putting his participation in doubt for the long trip north on Saturday.
When asked about the seriousness of both injuries, Westley told The Comet: "Ronnie's got a muscle injury - it's not as acute as a knee problem.
"I think he will be out for about a week to 10 days. I'm not anticipating it to be a long-term thing.
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"It's the same for Darren but hopefully it won't be as bad as we're thinking down there at the moment."
Henry's problem allowed Jon Ashton to come on and make his debut following his January move from Grays and the 25-year-old slotted in at the heart of the defence seamlessly alongside Mark Roberts.
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"I'm pleased for Ash - he has been patient," added Westley. "He has been finding a little bit of sharpness on the training ground and we've been pleased with him.
"I threw him in when Ronnie went down and he adjusted really well. He settled in well and showed some of the assets that he will bring.
"He has got good pace and good strength. I know what he's all about from working with him before."
Westley warned his side they face a tough task against Altrincham at the weekend but added the fillip of going for 10 consecutive wins should see them through.
"Any time you travel north then you know what you're going to get," he said. "They are a hardworking side and they've got some good talent in their team.
"They have improved a lot this year compared to last. They came here earlier this season and I thought they were unfortunate to go away defeated 3-0.
"We're not underestimating the challenge at all.
"They won at home last weekend against Woking so you could so we are matched at the moment in terms of recent results.
"We'll go up there determined to bring three points back again. It's vital we keep winning.
"It would be great to make it 10 wins on the bounce. We've got lots to play for and we're ready.