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Story posted: Friday, 24th April 1987

Austin agony
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Gresley Rovers ‘ hopes of lifting the Banks’s League Cup on May 4th were today dealt a second major blow when keeper Karl Austin announced himself unavailable for the game.
Austin enters hospital this week after a two-year wait for a nose operation to clear a breathing problem.

That means tomorrow’s home league game with Oldbury will be Austin’s last of the season – leaving manager Frank Northwood with a major headache as he plans for his first trophy win since arriving at the Moat Ground 2 ˝ seasons ago.

The loss of Austin is Rovers’ second crippling setback of the week.

Top scorer Brian Beresford is unlikely to play after suffering a serious hamstring injury at Atherstone on Monday.

Northwood said today: “We are trying very hard to get Brian fit in time and he will be seeing a specialist again this morning. But while he’s out it’s up to the rest of the team to get the goals.”

Northwood recalls St Andrews striker Des Parry to a 15-man squad four the fourth meeting between Oldbury and Gresley in as many weeks.

But Parry will only play if Martin Devaney fails to come through a late fitness test.
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  Team P GD Pts
12 Spalding United 41 -9 50
13 Peterborough Sports 41 -10 48
14 Loughborough Dynamo 41 -18 46
15 Belper Town 41 -42 45
16 Sheffield FC 41 -18 43
17 Gresley 41 -37 43
18 Carlton Town 41 -8 41
19 Kidsgrove Athletic 40 -19 41
20 Newcastle Town 41 -26 36
21 Romulus 41 -37 34
22 Market Drayton Town 40 -52 33

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