Wroxham manager David Batch ready to ring the changes for Cup clash
PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:00 29 January 2013
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Wroxham manager David Batch is set to ring the changes for tonight’s League Cup quarter-final trip to Premier Division Concord Rangers.
Barring unforeseen extreme weather, Batch is expecting the Canvey Island clash to go ahead and will use the game to give some of his players starved of match action during the recent big freeze, a run-out.
Some of the players used in Saturday’s gruelling 2-1 defeat at Thamesmead, the Yachstsmen’s first game for a fortnight, will be given extra time to recover from their exertions.
Batch described his men as underdogs, adding: “It will be a really tough game. I’m fairly sure Concord will get in the play-offs to get into the Conference set-up.
“You can’t get much more difficult than that but it’s brilliant because we’re not expected to win and we’ll be looking at something a bit different to see how we deal with it.”
Wroxham had feared they would be expelled from the competition after being unable to make the original tie even though Concord’s pitch was playable.
Unable to travel because of the snow in Norfolk, Wroxham’s plight initially attracted little sympathy from the league.
However, after an inquiry the league eventually decided to order a replay, a decision hailed by club secretary Chris Green as “common sense”.
Meanwhile, Lowestoft Town striker Chris Henderson is once again hoping to be the scourge of his former club Bury Town this evening.
The forward bagged a brace at Portman Road as the Trawlerboys saw off Bury in the Suffolk Premier Cup final and he is ready to plot their downfall again in their Ryman League Premier clash at Ram Meadow tonight.
Henderson knows he will be in for a hot reception from the fans that used to cheer him before his move to Crown Meadow in the summer of 2011.
However, he insists the taunts will only serve to inspire him as the Blues look to kickstart their season following three successive postponements.
“They gave me a lot of stick in the final at Portman Road (in the cup final) – I remember hearing a chant about me and it wasn’t the nicest one!” said Henderson, who has since seen Danny Cunningham and Lee Smith also cross the divide. “Sometimes it’s all you need to get you going – I scored a couple of goals. If they knew how much it made me up my game then I think they would keep quiet.
“I don’t really mind getting the stick but since I’ve joined there has been another two that have joined. I had a good time there and the fans always liked me. It’s only the fact I joined Lowestoft that has changed that.”
Games between Bury and Lowestoft are not normally for the fainthearted – Lowestoft ran out 3-2 winners at Ram Meadow last season after the home side had two players sent off. Henderson is expecting to have another battle on his hands.
“It’s a huge game for us – they are always going to be up for it and there are always some fireworks when we play them,” he added. “Even when I was there we did up our game against Lowestoft. We always considered that the big one. But the most important thing is that we win – we can’t afford to let the teams above us get any further in front.”