Boro have clear conscience after Chester chaos - Roberts

BORO captain Mark Roberts believes his side will have a ""clear conscience"" after Chester City s expulsion from the Blue Square Premier. The crisis-hit Blues were booted out of the league on Friday following a vote by Blue Square Premier members and as a r

BORO captain Mark Roberts believes his side will have a "clear conscience" after Chester City's expulsion from the Blue Square Premier.

The crisis-hit Blues were booted out of the league on Friday following a vote by Blue Square Premier members and as a result Boro are set to lose six points when their two wins against the strugglers are expunged this week.

Some of their promotion rivals, however, are set to lose just three or two points.

Despite losing ground on their rivals Roberts is happy that when his team came up against Chester in their two league fixtures this season they were able to do the business and take maximum points rather than profit from the club's subsequent misfortunes.


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"It affects different teams in different ways," the skipper said. "We picked up two wins again them and Ash (Jon Ashton) got injured so the results have affected us in different ways during the season.

"We've played them twice and did what we needed to do against them. We need to worry about our own job. We'll look back with a clean conscience; we've beaten the team twice this season and have done what we needed to do.

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"What happens off the pitch happens off it and we just have to make sure we do what we can on the pitch to win the games."

The Boro skipper was delighted with his side's win over Wrexham last week and is hoping that his teammates will have recharged their batteries before tomorrow night's trip to Eastbourne Borough after almost a week without a competitive fixture.

"It was a fantastic away performance," Roberts said. "It was very similar to when we were doing really well away from home earlier in the season.

"It was good to get back to winning ways. We played on Wednesday and it was quite a tough pitch to play on and what with the long journey it did take a bit out of the lads so hopefully we've been able to recharge the batteries."

Boro boss Graham Westley sprang a surprise for the Wrexham game by bringing in Mark Albrighton in a three-man back line and the Boro defender took the accolades from his teammates.

Roberts said: "The formation has been really successful for us, especially away from home. Brights came in and I thought he did a fantastic job.

"The formation sometimes depends on the personnel available but we are quite adaptable. It's important to sometimes change the formation so your opponents are kept on their toes."

Roberts expects a tough match at Eastbourne on Tuesday evening, especially after the Sports beat Boro's promotion rivals York City at the weekend.

"York's home form has been fantastic so that was a good result for them. This is one of those leagues where any team can beat anyone. We had our fingers crossed they'd do us a favour and they won there.

"We want to put a couple of bad away results behind us and the Wrexham result is hopefully the start of things to come.

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