FARNBOROUGH Town chief Graham Westley will be conducting something of a head count prior to Saturday's trip to Northwich Victoria as injuries continue to hamper with team selection.
Just when it looked as though things had cleared up, Jim Rodwell and Chris Piper limped off in the 2-0 win at Telford on Saturday, leaving Westley with two more headaches in his bid to climb the Conference table.
Westley has no fewer than ten players who have been in or around the treatment table this week and has been forced to conduct a team meeting at training on Thursday night in order to pick a team.
He said: "Someone obviously doesn't like us up there, it's like someone has been doing something to our players because the injury list has been horrendous.
"We've given the players a couple of days off so I won't know until Thursday night just who is available for Saturday."
Westley has, however, heaped praise on the players who have come into the side and covered so ably. Speaking about the potentially-damaging loss of Rodwell, who has been so impressive since his move from Boston earlier in the season, Westley labelled the return of Nathan Bunce as his saving grace. Bunce was outstanding at Telford on Saturday.
Westley is hoping to have wing backs Micky Warner and Justin Gregory available for Saturday, while the fitness of several others like Joff Vansittart and Christian Lee were due to be tested in a reserve team game with Harrow Borough as the News went to press on Wednesday (see bottom of story).
Rodwell, Piper and Rocky Baptiste will be assessed later this week but Westley will have striker Leroy Griffiths available this week - provided he plans his route better! Griffiths missed the trip for Telford after his train up the Shropshire was cancelled.
Saturday's match will be played at the Bargain Booze Stadium, home of Witton Albion FC as Northwich aim to put their own ambitious plans into action.
Victoria, who currently sit eighth in the Conference table, one place ahead of Boro, have left the Drill Field after 127 years to meet Conference ground regulations, and are having a new stadium built just yards away from where Saturday's game will take place.
Speaking of Saturday's opponents, Westley concluded: "You must give every side respect they deserve. There is no bad side in this league, who will roll over and gift-wrap you the points.
"But our squad is strong enough to be able to win every game it plays in. If we get our house in order then I'll be expecting us to win three points on Saturday."
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l Farnborough Town's home game with Kettering Town on Saturday October 12 will kick off at 1pm due to England's European Championships qualifier against Slovenia, which gets underway at 3pm.
l Boro reserves make the short trip to Aldershot Town next Wednesday in the Capital League. Kick off at the Rec is 3pm.
Last night (Wednesday), they beat Harrow Borough 5-0 at the AIMITA Stadium with Joff Vansittart celebrating his comeback with a hat-trick.
Dean Green and Nathan Bunce got the other goals.