Next up: Nuneaton Borough Venue: Manor Park Date: Saturday, December 18: THE Motormen travel down to Warwickshire this weekend for what will be their first and probably only visit to one of non-league football's most historic grounds.
Manor Park hasn't changed much since the 1930s but the grand old home of Nuneaton Borough is unfortunately looking its age these days and is described by club officials as 'tired'.
The current campaign is expected to be Borough's last at their traditional headquarters and the site has already been sold for housing.
The team will move to a new state-of-the-art development along with Nuneaton's rugby union club and hope to move in time for the start of the 2005/06 campaign.
Secretary Paul Lewis said: 'We've just bought the plot of land and there's a lot of excitement about the future as this will be a new era for us. Manor Park looks it age and the days are gone when clubs can get by with grounds being used once a fortnight. We need something to be in use five to seven days a week.
'Our new venture will also include rugby and cricket pitches, an Astroturf and sports hall. We're hoping to tie in with North Warwickshire College and have at least a couple of stands by August.'
Plying their trade in the Conference a couple of seasons ago, Nuneaton are one of the Nationwide North's big guns and fan expectation demands that they finish in at least the play-off positions.
Lewis said: 'It's a very close league and I believe that any one of the top 12 could win it. We could have gone second last week if we'd have won but there's not much in it and it's all to play for in the second half of the season. We've done ok so far but we need a bit more consistency if we're going to put in a serious challenge.'
Borough are managed by the experienced Roger Ashby, who was around at the start of the Rushden & Diamonds 'revolution' and is described as one of life's gentlemen.
Players to watch out for include striker Gez Murphy, who is a big danger when on song, and veteran campaigner Brian McGorry, who holds things together in midfield.
Form guide: Dec 11 L 3-0 v South-port (A); Dec 7 L 1-0 v Hinckley United (H); Dec 4 W 2-0 v Runcorn (A); Nov 30 L 4-3 v Kettering Town (A); Nov 27 W 1-0 v Moor Green (H).