Still to ring the changes once more in Trophy

Hatter boss John Still will keep faith with the majority of the squad that knocked Staines Town out of the FA Trophy in tomorrow’s second round clash at home to Wrexham, writes Mike Simmonds.

Friday, 13th December 2013, 7:00 am
Town come close against Staines in the last round

Still made 11 changes for the first game at Wheatsheaf Park which ended in a stalemate, before goals from Andy Parry and Shaun Whalley were enough to see Town through at Kenilworth Road.

The likes of Tinashe Chabata, Zane Banton and Charlie Smith all featured, as did David Viana and Matt Robinson as Still said: “It will be very similar to what played in the last round, I think they worked hard and deserve the opportunity to do that.

“The amount of development games that we play, none of them can replicate the atmosphere of what I’d class as a first team fixture

“So it’s good for them, good for us to see their progress, good to see how they handle it and it’s a major part of their development as well.”

Although Saturday’s opponents Wrexham will be a far harder test than the Skrill South Swans, Still believes that will only spur his side on.

He continued: “They’re ready for a step up as far as I’m concerned. These sort of games where we play aginst what might be classed as better opposition, it should bring out the best in the players.

“Although they’re young, some of them are not inexperienced and I actually think they’ll prosper for it.”

The boss doesn’t expect Wrexham, who won the competition last season, to make similar alterations to their side for the clash though, saying; “I think as holders of the competition, they’ll want to keep going and for them, they may feel this is a good opportunity for a trophy.

“Like myself, I wouldn’t put a team out that I didn’t think was capable of winning, I really do mean that.

“In my mind, the team I’m going to pick can get something out of this game, I’m really looking forward to seeing how the younger element deal with it.”

Although not thrilled to be without a league fixture after last weekend’s 5-0 hammering of Alfreton, Still conceded a fortnight off Skrill Premier action might benefit his side in the next few weeks.

He added: “I’m not really sure we would have picked a break, but it gives a chance for the bumps and bruises to have a bit of a rest and get ready for what’s going to be a hectic period between now and the first week of January.

“I’d play all the time, but sometimes the players do need a bit of a rest.

“This Christmas period is going to be tough, so it will probably work out all right.”

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