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Brown keeps tabs on injured duo

Fleet boss Steve Brown was delighted with the reaction of his players in their Kent Senior Cup tie against Sittingbourne after a six-goal haul gave him a potential selection headache ahead of the Skrill South trip to Weston-super-Mare.

But Brown was also keen to assess the extent of the injuries sustained by loanee Andy Pugh and debutant Grant Basey. Pugh limped off 26 minutes into the game and Basey followed him at half-time, having earlier shown signs of distress.

“Andy Pugh has an ankle problem that requires treatment,” Brown told EUFC.co.uk, “so he’s off back to Cambridge for them to assess it. It looked like a ligament strain.

“Grant has aggravated a knee injury, how badly we don’t quite know yet, so we’ll need to assess further.”

With Ben May enjoying another runout in his comeback, Brown was delighted to see him get on the scoresheet – and at how his side relaxed after getting a second goal on the stroke of half-time. “It was great to see our strikers all pitching in with goals. Sittingbourne was a potential banana skin and the players’ attitude was first class. All in all it was a great victory.”

Depending on the likelihood of Basey and Pugh getting a clean bill of health for Saturday, and with May firing on all cylinders, the Fleet manager admits he may enjoy the luxury of a team selection headache. “I’m looking forward to the long trip at the weekend,” Brown said. “If every player is fit and healthy then I will have a few selection problems – in a good way – and that’s a situation I think will pay dividends as the season progresses.”

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