Marcus Law insists the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup does have its “benefits” as Kettering Town prepare for tonight’s (Tuesday) first-round clash at Premier Division rivals Stratford Town.
The Poppies boss is set to ring the changes to give some of the club’s youngsters and fringe players the chance to impress in a first-team fixture.
Kettering are straight back into action on Friday night when they head to St Ives Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
And he is keen to see those who play tonight doing all they can to impress ahead of more knockout action in three days time.
“With the FA Trophy game being on Friday, we need to make some changes,” said Law, whose team conceded two goals in the last 13 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Hitchin Town.
“We are working hard on the development of young players this season and there will be a chance of some of them to come in and show what they can do.
“There are also lads who have been on the bench recently who need a game and this is their opportunity to wave the flag and really stake a claim.
“There are benefits to being in this competition so we want to stay in it and we will be going there looking to win the game.
“We want to give as many people as we can a chance to perform and that’s why we are picking them for this match.
“It should be an interesting evening and we will assess it all again on Wednesday to see what comes of it.”
The Poppies, meanwhile, have revealed that defender Richard Bryan has left the club to join Southern League Premier Division rivals Bedworth United.