Players ready for battle against Vics - Westley

Boro boss Graham Westley wants his squad to channel Tuesday night s frustration at home to Forest Green into taking all three points from the trip to Northwich Victoria on Saturday. The Vics are fighting for their lives near the foot of the Blue Square Pr

Boro boss Graham Westley wants his squad to channel Tuesday night's frustration at home to Forest Green into taking all three points from the trip to Northwich Victoria on Saturday.

The Vics are fighting for their lives near the foot of the Blue Square Premier and Westley knows his troops will have to be ready for a battle if they are to keep their play-off hopes alive.

"Sides that are playing for their futures are tough sides to play," Westley told The Comet. "We are of course one of those sides. We are trying to fight our way into the football league and we need to go and win on Saturday.

"Northwich might be tough to play against but I'm sure the boys will be back at it again at the weekend. We were gutted to drop points against Forest Green but we're not negative people and those feelings of frustration aren't going to get the better of us - we will channel those feelings in the right way.


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"Hopefully, we can put on a really strong aggressive front-foot performance that brings the points back at the weekend."

Boro have a few injury worries ahead of the trip to The Victoria Stadium with Mitchell Cole trying to shake off the dead leg that forced him off on Tuesday while Lee Boylan and Jon Ashton are also doubts.

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But the absence of Cole is the real worry with Westley not having a natural replacement at his disposal. Bringing someone in temporarily is not an option unless the Boro boss can loan one of his current squad out himself.

"Mitchell is the one player you wouldn't want to lose really. He is naturally left-sided and gives the width and pace we are looking for.

"With Boylan being out as well, we had a couple of real goal threats out the side on Tuesday. We lacked a little bit of penetration.

"The problem I've got is that I do have to let somebody out to get someone else in and there's nobody I particularly want to see go out.

"It's going to be difficult over the next few days with Mitchell out and I don't know how Ash (Ashton) is going to settle down over the next few days with the injury that he took.

"But we need to find a way of getting a side together that can bring back the points at the weekend.

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