STRIKER Jon Newby played for an hour without problem in his comeback practice match.

The 25-year-old - out since September following knee surgery - will now play for the Reserves at Bradford tomorrow night.

So, too, will Lee Fowler, who is free from his two-match ban at an ideal time following Rob Edwards' hamstring injury at Cambridge on Saturday.

"It is great to have Jon Newby on the way back and Lee available again, but Chris Holland played well when he went on against Cambridge and we've got strong competition in the squad," said Jackson today.

Town are hoping keeper Ian Gray will be able to resume full training later this week, along with striker Andy Booth (groin). Tony Carss must rest another full week.

Ian Hughes is starting his recuperation from a knee operation while Paul Scott will find out on Friday if he needs to go under the knife to cure ankle problems.

"We have got a few injury worries, but the lads who are coming in are doing superbly well and that's the spirit in the whole squad," he added.