Midfielder proves his fitness

Boro boss Graham Westley has praised Andy Drury after the midfielder proved his fitness over the weekend and will be available to face Tamworth on Saturday. The former Lewes man has been forced to sit out part of the pre-season campaign but has been work

Boro boss Graham Westley has praised Andy Drury after the midfielder proved his fitness over the weekend and will be available to face Tamworth on Saturday.

The former Lewes man has been forced to sit out part of the pre-season campaign but has been working over time with club physio Paul Dando to get himself fit for the big Blue Square Premier kick-off.

Westley has been determined to get Drury back to full fitness in view of Mitchell Cole's ankle injury against Peterborough with Boro lacking a creative spark without one or the other.

"When players go down injured you'd be shocked at the amount of work they do to get themselves fit," Westley told The Comet after giving Drury 55 minutes in the 2-1 win against Southend and the first half in the 0-0 draw with Woking. "The physiotherapist has them in early and he lets them go home late and their fitness levels when they go into that treatment room come on leaps and bounds.

"It's part of the professional environment nowadays and when lads come back they often come back in tip-top shape. Andy's (Drury) worked really hard to get himself right and credit to him for that.

"I didn't want to take too many risks with Andy. I'm sure he would have carried on a given us more than the 55 minutes he did but there is no point putting the injury under strain.