FOOTBALL: Absent strikers lead to North Leigh rethink

North Leigh are without Aaron Woodley for the trip to Tiverton Town tomorrow due to a hamstring problem

North Leigh are without Aaron Woodley for the trip to Tiverton Town tomorrow due to a hamstring problem

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North Leigh are without strikers Kieran Sanders and Aaron Woodley for their trip to Tiverton Town in Calor League Division 1 South & West tomorrow.

Sanders is travelling in Thailand for a month, while Woodley is expected to be out for between three and four weeks with a suspected torn hamstring.

“To lose two players in the same position is an unusual situation and it does leave us with a bit of a problem,” said manager Mark Gee.

“We’re going to have to look to try some different players in that position and possibly change the system a bit.

“ I think it will change the dynamic of how we play.”

The Millers’ club captain Stuart Hole has made himself available for selection again after missing Tuesday’s win over Swindon Supermarine following the tragic death of his father, Les, in a workplace accident.

Didcot Town’s joint manager Jamie Heapy has returned to full training, although he is not yet fit for the home clash with high-flying Paulton Rovers.

Heapy is still yet to play following a knee operation in the summer, but joins returning midfielder Lance Williams in the squad.

“It really helps to get those two important players back because it’s like having two new signings,” said his joint boss Ian Concannon.

Didcot are without striker Pablo Haysham, who serves the second of his seven-game ban imposed for his third dismissal of the season.

Banbury United boss Edwin Stein expects to make changes to his side for their trip to Premier Division play-off rivals Biggleswade Town tomorrow.

The Puritans are without a win in three league matches, but beat a strong Nuneaton Town side 1-0 in the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday, which Stein believes will give his team a pre-match boost.

“If they can go and beat a strong Conference side so comprehensively they should take massive confidence from that,” said Stein.

On-loan goalkeeper Leigh Bedwell will make his final appearance for Banbury before returning to parent club Swindon Town.

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