Murphy back to boost Shipston for crunch clash

Shipston hope Freddy Murphy will be fit to face Birmingham Tigers. Photo: Mark Williamson.


SHIPSTON Excelsior hope to have a fully fit and firing Freddy Murphy ready for action for the first of two key games on successive Saturdays.
Despite lying at the foot of the Midland League Division Three table without a league win so far, manager Steve Hedderman says tomorrow’s home game with Birmingham Tigers and the following weekend’s trip to Leamington Hibernian offer the opportunity to start their climb of the bottom two.
Tigers head to London Road with a five-point gap over Shipston, but the latter have two games in hand, while third-bottom Hibs are one point better off.
After recent performances, Hedderman is upbeat they can target two wins.
“We are looking for six points from the two games and if we do that then I think we will be off the bottom of the table,” said Hedderman.
“We are not a bad side but we need that little bit of luck. We haven’t the rub of the green.
“But we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to get on with it.”
Former FC Stratford player Murphy, who has only been able to play three games this term due to work commitments and injury, should be in contention but Ed Caswell will be ruled out for the next few months after heading to Australia.