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Loan duo hunting for BSP survival

5 April 2013

Lee Burge and Aaron Phillips are hoping to help keep Nuneaton in the Blue Square Premier...

Whilst Coventry City are placed in 14th position in League One table, two Sky Blues players are fighting to keep Nuneaton Town in the Blue Square Premier. 

Since January, goalkeeper Lee Burge and right-back Aaron Phillips have enjoyed productive loan spells at the Triton Showers Community Stadium having started in all 13 games since completing the move.

From those 13 games, Kevin Wilkins’ side have claimed an impressive 19 points, including wins over Barrow, Lincoln and Grimsby Town, which has lifted the Boro out of the Blue Square Premier drop-zone by one point. 

Nuneaton travel to Ebbsfleet United this weekend with the opportunity to condemn Liam Daish’s side to relegation to the Blue Square South. 

Burge, who has kept seven clean sheets in 13 games, wants the Boro to claim a ‘huge three points’ which will help Nuneaton’s claim to beat the drop.

The 20-year old said: “The loan move has been great for me and when I heard they were interested, I was really excited at the prospect of first-team football.

“Since playing there, the team have worked hard to give ourselves a chance of avoiding the drop which makes Ebbsfleet a massive game.

“We relegated Telford United last week and you do get a sense of enjoyment when you relegate another side as you think it is one more out of the way. I am hoping we can do it Saturday and continue to give ourselves a great chance of staying up.

“It is a great experience for me as it is competitive football. I hope I can continue to develop and give myself a first-team chance here in the future.”

Burge and Phillips have known each other for eight years having come through the ranks at Coventry City Academy together. 

The young right-back scored his first senior goal during Nuneaton’s 3-0 win at Telford United and he admits he has loved every moment of his loan spell.



Phillips commented: “It has been great for me to get out there and have a loan spell. It is real men’s football and I believe since me and (Lee) Burge started there, we have gone through a really good spell.

“It is a really good league and to play teams like Wrexham, Luton and Mansfield is a great experience. I claimed my first senior goal last week at Telford. I got down the line, played it into the striker, cut inside and finished as well so I was really happy about that.

“I want to push on personally but I really want to be part of the side which keeps Nuneaton up as well. I feel we can definitely win at Ebbsfleet as we are a strong enough team and we are determined.

“They have been great to me since I moved there and it is a great group. The fans down there have been very supportive so hopefully we can be part of the team which keeps Nuneaton up for those fans.”


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