Grimsby Borough and Winterton Rangers – second and sixth respectively in Toolstation NCEL Division One – put their promotion ambitions on hold at Bradley road tomorrow evening as their attention turns to the Quarter Finals of the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy; and both Managers see the tie as an opportunity to ring the changes and take a look at their playing options, writes Colin Muncie.
Daniel Barrett is keen to turn a corner before the Christmas fixtures. “We have underperformed by massive margins since we last played Winterton,” he admitted. “To be honest I am looking forward to it; if we play like we have in the last 2 games we could easily get hit for 5 or 6.”
“We will be looking at making 4 or 5 changes,” Daniel hinted, “and Andy (Liddle, Joint Manager) and I are constantly trying to improve our squad and will hopefully have a new signing to announce in the next ten days.”
“We have beaten Winterton twice this season,” Daniel reminded us, “and they – like us – need to find some form, so I am positive Rob (Watson) will be coming with every intention to win the game.”
For his part, Rangers Manager, Rob Watson admits that he’ll be switching things around. “I’m looking forward to the game,” he told us. “I’m always a fan of mid-week games, it’s an opportunity for me to look at the players in our squad and it’s a fitness test for some. Our main focus is the League so I may rest a few with Saturday in mind.”
“I’m sure Grimsby will be doing the same.”
Winterton Assistant Manager Scott Hellewell added, “Wednesday is a chance to try a few different things and get minutes into peoples legs.
League games are obviously a priority but we will want to put in a good performance to set us up for the game on Saturday.”