Morrell plans FA Trophy changes


Richard Williams

PLAYER-BOSS Andy Morrell will adopt a mix and match policy when he names his side for tomorrow’s FA Trophy first round tie against Rushall Olympic at The Racecourse (3pm).

Morrell intends to give fringe players a run-out and could also turn to the likes of Adrian Cieslewicz and Rob Ogleby who have been on the substitutes’ bench in recent games.

With left-back Neil Ashton only one yellow card away from a one-match ban, he could step down along with some of the regulars who have played the majority of recent games.

“I have got to do what is best for everybody,” said Morrell. “A few of the lads have played a fair few games and it might be worth giving them a rest ready for the busy Christmas period.

“Some are on three or four bookings so if we take them out for one game then they might get through until Christmas.

“Fringe players will get a look in. I could change the whole 11 and go with something completely different or keep some in so I will have to look at it.

“But we have got plenty in the squad to mix and match.”

Morrell is considering resting on-loan right-back Danny Alfei and centre-back Martin Riley, both of whom have played the last two matches - Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Gateshead and the 5-1 midweek win at Braintree Town - after overcoming injury.

“Martin has played two games in a week and I have got to look after him,” said Morrell. “Danny is the same, he struggles with his hamstring and has also played the last two games after not playing for a while.”

Although midfielder Johnny Hunt is serving a one-match ban, Dean Keates is available after missing the victory at Braintree but the skipper’s return could be put on hold.

“Dean could come back and feature,” said Morrell, “He will not have played for two weeks if he doesn’t but he played in every other game this season until Tuesday so if he does not come in it won’t be a problem.

“It is a good position to be in.”

Whatever side he names, Morrell is looking to progress to the second round and hopefully embark on a successful run in the competition with the Reds already out of the FA Cup.

“The competition is important and I want to win,” said Morrell. “I think we can handle the Trophy as well as the league - York won both last season.

“There is money to be won if we get through some rounds so it is important to try and win.”

Victory over Braintree took Wrexham up to second position in the table, level on points with leaders Grimsby Town who have played a game more, and Morrell admits his side go into the game in good spirits.

“The long trip home went a lot quicker and better after winning,” said Morrell. “It takes us nicely into tomorrow’s game and the Christmas run-in.

“I said to the lads before the game that these opportunities don’t come around often.

We missed one chance a couple of weeks ago when we could have got right in amongst but we took it with both hands.

“I was really pleased, especially with the fact that the strikers all scored which is great for confidence with all the games coming up.”

But Morrell knows Evo-Stik Premier Division side Rushall will be no pushovers, adding: “Rushall will come and raise their game like a lot of teams do so we have to be ready and prepare like we would for any game.”

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