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KEEPER Danny Alcock is high on self-belief following an excellent start to his tenure at Nuneaton Town that's seen him post four consecutive clean-sheets to help steer the club into the top six of the Blue Square Bet North table and through to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The former Stafford and Tamworth shot-stopper has also seen off the challenge of Boro veteran Darren Acton, who recently joined Brackley, for the number one jersey in the opening two months of the campaign and is delighted to have made such a solid start to his Nuneaton career.

And while the 26-year-old, who is an England C international and a part-time goalkeeping coach at Stoke City, is still settling in at Boro, he reckons the side are more than capable of building on their early season promise.

"It's a good squad and everyone plays for each other. The spirit is first class and out on the pitch things are now beginning to gel," said Alcock, who regards Peter Schmeichel as his all-time footballing hero.

"I think it took us seven games before we finally got a clean-sheet on the board but as a team we are defending well. Saturday's 1-0 win over one of my former club's Stafford meant we have not conceded in five of our last six games.

"Hopefully we can stretch that run at Workington on Saturday in the FA Cup. We achieved it in the league three weeks ago and to repeat that feat would mean we've achieved a replay at worst. It's going to be tough up there again but we are in good form and fear no-one at this level that's for sure."

Alcock's concentration levels were there for all to see in the 1-0 home win over Stafford in which he had one of his easiest games of the season but still had to produce one of his best saves in the dying seconds to deny the visitors a point.

NUNEATON Town's in-form duo of midfielder Kyle Storer and striker Justin Marsden get the opportunity to strut their stuff on a higher stage tonight.

Both are included in the FA Representative squad that plays Hallam FC at the Sandygate Stadium in Sheffield - officially the oldest football ground in the world - to celebrate the hosts club's 150th anniversary.

The squad has been selected by Paul Fairclough, the England C team manager, while his assistant for the friendly fixture is former Boro boss Steve Burr, now in charge of Kidderminster Harriers in the Conference Premier.

Storer, who netted the winner against Stafford Rangers on Saturday, and ever improving Marsden have been key figures in Boro's fine start in Blue Square North this term.

Certainly Boro chief Kevin Wilkin feels the selection of both players is a reflection on Nuneaton's exploits over the past two months and also the consistency and quality that Storer and Marsden have brought to the table.

Wilkin said: "Kyle was man of the match in the Stafford game and rightly so. He held things together in midfield and found time to get on the end of Eddie Nisevic's excellent deep cross to head in the all important winning goal.

NUNEATON Town keeper Danny Alcock has seen off the challenge of Boro legend Darren Acton and is fast gaining a reputation for being among the top keepers outside of the Football League.

And that reputation was further advanced on Saturday as he produced arguably the save of the season at the Triton Showers Arena to earn his men a 1-0 decision over Stafford Rangers.

For 89 minutes, Alcock, playing against one of his former clubs, had been virtually redundant.

But when called upon to show the quality that earned him England non-league honours, he lived up to his billing with a superb stop to deny the visitors a last-gasp leveller.

A Kyle Storer header early on gave Boro the initiative but they couldn't put the game beyond doubt and but for the concentration and agility of Alcock vital points would have been lost.

Alcock, who came to Boro from Tamworth during the summer, said: "Keepers can go through games and not have a shot to save but then in the last seconds you have one to make and must be on your toes and ready.

"That was the case against Stafford and I was pleased to play my part in the victory.

"I didn't see much of the ball when their player hit it through a crowded goalmouth but when I did my reactions were good and I got both hands on it.

"Whether you have one shot to save or ten you need to be totally focused for every second.

"Obviously it was pleasing to play my part. It was a hard-fought win and a fourth clean sheet in a row is always pleasing for a keeper."

YOUNGSTERS James Armson and Eddie Nisevic staked a claim for extended first-team runs following eye-catching performances in the excellent 1-0 away success at Workington last weekend, but will they retain their places for the FA Cup second qualifying round tie at home to Coleshill Town on Saturday?

Manager Kevin Wilkin watched two of the youngest players in the squad fill the vacant wing-back berths and emphasise their undoubted potential as determined Boro inflicted a first home defeat of the season on their Cumbrian hosts.

With Matty Collins, Rob Oddy and Simon Forsdick all missing the trip to Borough Park, Wilkin decided to push skipper Mark Noon back into the engine-room, where he's more established, leaving Armson to forage and raid wide right while on the opposite side Nisevic's pace and poise shone through.

"Both did an excellent job, especially when going forward in possession. They made life very difficult for the opposition and as we know when the pair get in the right areas they can certainly deliver. Obviously they have the shirts and now it's up to the others to push for their places.

"As yet I haven't though too much about the squad for Coleshill but it's going to be a bit harsh to drop anyone from the Workington win as it was a thorough and professional display from everyone."

MIDFIELDER Lee Downes could be back in the Leamington squad for tomorrow's away trip to Tiverton Town less than a week since being stretchered to hospital with what looked to be serious back and hip injuries.

However, the x-ray showed up no broken bones but just bruised muscle tissue and manager Paul Holleran is quietly hopeful the player can come through last night's training session and treatment with no ill effects.

Holleran said: "It was a real concern when Richard went down and I felt at worst he's broken something but at no time did I think he would be close to being available for the Tiverton trip.

"But I'm surprised and delighted he's up and running. He's a key player for us and it would be a big boost if he's up for selection."

The midweek FA Cup replay demise at Brackley hit Brakes hard and no-one was more disappointed than Holleran.

"Yet again we've had good opportunities but their keeper Darren Acton has made two brilliant saves while our finishing was not as clinical as it should be. In the two ties against Brackley we've enjoyed more possession and chances yet conceded four poor goals."

"That tells its own story and we need to answer a few questions at Tiverton as now the league is the one priority to concentrate upon."

"It's the number one priority and if we are going to get up among the leaders then it's places such as Tiverton we need to get positive results. It's never easy down there and we are in for a tough battle but if we can convert chances into goals then we will be OK."

He added: "The next few fixtures are all winnable and if we play to our strengths then we can certainly get up among the leaders."

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