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Story posted: Friday, 15th October 2004

Ilkeston pre-match news
Gresley go into tomorrow's vital league game against Ilkeston Town without the injured Dale Belford and Justin Rowe as well as the suspended Jamie Hood.
Goalkeeper Belford had a scan yesterday to assess his back injury whilst Rowe picked up a hamstring strain after coming on as a second half substitute in Tuesday night's game at Rocester. Hood completes the final game of his 3-match suspension but also has a slight knee injury picked up in the FA Cup replay at Hucknall Town.

Manager Gary Norton is expecting an Ilkeston backlash after the recent 3-0 victory Rovers recorded in the FA cup last month. "I'm expecting it to be a totally different game to the one in the cup" said Norton. "There's no way Phil and his lads are going to let us get away with that result. They will want to redress the balance tomorrow and their supporters will be expecting them to as well. We have one or two headaches team wise but are more than capable of getting a result. It should be a cracking game and one I'm sure both sets of supporters are looking forward to as well as the management and players of both sides."

On loan keeper Gavin Saxby will retain his place in goal. Matt K Smith, missing in midweek after going down with a virus returns to the squad. Emeka Ejiofor and Liam Hebbard were both withdrawn with knocks on Tuesday but both trained last night and will be ok for the trip to the New Manor Ground.

New signing Andy Marlowe is included in the squad.
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10 Highgate United 29 -3 38
11 South Normanton Athletic 26 0 37
12 Worcester City 26 11 36
13 AFC Wulfunians 31 -6 36
14 Coventry Sphinx 25 -19 34
15 Tividale 23 -4 27
16 Haughmond 29 -29 26
17 Racing Club Warwick 24 -29 24
18 Lye Town 28 -31 18
19 Gresley 26 -22 16
20 Selston 25 -38 13

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