Wroxham boss Batch admits fixture backlog is having an affect on all of the club’s sides
Wroxham boss David Batch admits the whole club is having to play a balancing act to deal with his first team's fixture backlog.
The Yachtsmen head to Heybridge Swifts this evening for their third Ryman Division One North match in six days as they prepare to embark on a hectic spell of matches this month.
And with a host of promising youngsters being blooded into action, like Aaron Sanders, Rio Starkings, Sam Harty and Ben Lewis, Batch believes every team at Trafford Park is being affected by the senior outfit's crammed schedule.
The Wroxham boss said: 'It is difficult. We've got a cup final coming up so we're trying to get players playing. We've had a number of youngsters involved who still play for our under-21s and our under-18s.
'We had six teenagers involved against Grays recently. So the number of games we're playing is having an impact across all three squads – who each have a lot of matches to catch up on.
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'This week there's been a game for a Wroxham side on Monday, Tuesday, yesterday and tonight. That's a lot of games. And it makes rotation a little bit more tricky. The under-21s and under-18s are going for their league titles so you want them to be as strong as possible but you don't want to put that above player development as we're trying to push players on.
'It's a balancing act and we have to deal with it. With injuries and unavailability it's the hand we've been dealt with. We took Ben Lewis on after he'd only played football for two season and he's probably had more chances than we'd have planned. But for the last three games he's been our best player and is coming on strong. He's an example of what we hope will happen even more in the future.'
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The Yachtsmen, 17th, won 4-2 at AFC Sudbury on Saturday before losing 3-0 at home to Soham Town Rangers on Monday.
Josh Carus (work commitments) is unavailable for tonight's trip to the league's fourth–placed team – a side Wroxham have beaten in the league and cup already this season.