Injured Marc Newsham should return soon, reveals Boston United boss
Dennis Greene has allayed fears over the fitness of Marc Newsham after Boston United’s leading scorer missed the FA Cup victory over Stafford Rangers.
Newsham sat out his first game in 18 months with an Achilles injury and is also a doubt for next Saturday’s Skrill North clash with Barrow at the Jakemans Stadium.
A lengthy spell without Newsham, who has hit eight goals this season and 94 in total for the club, would be a major blow for the Pilgrims.
However, Greene insists the injury is not long-term and believes Newsham will be available again soon, if not to face Barrow then for the third qualifying round tie on October 12.
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He says centre-back Scott Garner will be available after missing out against Stafford with the cut to the head he picked up in the 3-2 defeat to Bradford Park Avenue last Tuesday.
“Scott Garner will definitely be available next Saturday. It’s just a head cut that needs to heal. With Marc Newsham, we’re hopeful,” said Greene.
“It’s an Achilles/ankle problem. He just needs rest so hopefully he’ll be okay.”
Boston picked up further injuries during the match with Conor Marshall and Peter Bore both going off, but Greene has ruled out adding to his squad again, at least for now.
“We always want to strengthen the squad, but we’re limited financially so we can’t just bring people because we’ve got injuries. We have to get on with it with the players we’ve got,” said Greene.
United coasted to a 4-0 victory at Stafford thanks to a brace each from Ricky Miller and Spencer Weir-Daley.
Greene was pleased with the way the pair stepped up in the absence of Newsham.
“They’ve got to step up to the plate. Newsh has got most of the goals this season, but he wasn’t there and Spencer and Ricky get two each,” added the Pilgrims boss.
“Garner was unavailable, but Stefan (Galinski) has come in and we’ve kept a clean sheet. That is what you’re looking for, for other people to step up.”
Boston will discover their third qualifying round opponents when the draw is made tomorrow.