Chasetown FC manager rules out wholesale changes for cup tie

Charlie Blakemore

Charlie Blakemore

A break from league action won’t mean a break for Chasetown FC’s players ahead of their cup clash against Willenhall Town.

The Scholars go into tonight’s Unibond League President’s Cup game on the back of a 7-1 league win against Spalding United.

But the Chasetown boss is keen to keep his free-scoring side on the right track and has insisted he won’t make wholesale changes to the line-up – only players carrying minor injuries are likely to be left out at Willenhall as Blakemore explained:

“I’m keen to keep the same side as much as possible because we want to develop that continuity and make winning a habit. Obviously where we have a couple of injuries we might change things, but I won’t be making changes for the sake of it.”

But Blakemore could have to tinker with his side to take account of a growing injury list at the Scholars Ground.

Dean Perrow is out with a long-term injury while goalkeeper Ryan Price still has no date for a return to action following a hip injury. Ross Miller, Ben Steane and Richard Batchelor are also doubtful.

And now the Chasetown injury list has in-form striker Danny Smith and centre-half Chris Slater added to it, although Blakemore conceded their injuries meant they could play through the pain barrier if required.

The Chasetown manager explained:

“Chris and Danny are both suffering from ligament problems but they can play with it, although they do suffer from swelling after the games. Bizarrely, even with the injuries, they both had probably their best game of the season on Saturday!

“But I have to make sure I don’t run them into the ground and that they get enough rest between games. They’re two of the players who might sit out the Willenhall game, but I’ll see how they both are first before making a decision.”

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