Non-league football: Leek look to spring Trophy surprise
LEEK Town make the short trip to Matlock Town with boss Lee Casswell threatening to ring the changes for their FA Trophy second qualifying round tie.
New signing Michael Thomas is set to return after missing the midweek 2-2 Evo-Stik Division One South draw at Halesowen Town, while the likes of Anthony Danylyk and Rob Stevenson could also graduate from the substitutes' bench.
Dan Shelley and Sam Hall are among those fighting to retain their place because of fitness concerns.
"Tuesday's performance wasn't good enough," said Casswell.
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"Our squad hasn't done it really this season, but maybe Saturday is the day they show their quality.
"Matlock start as favourites because they are in the Premier Division, but they are similar to us because I don't think their season has really started yet.
"We'll go there and give it our best shot by trying to stay in the game for as long as we can and hopefully pinch one.
"It's a bit of a derby and I don't think it's been played much recently. People who've been at Leek for a long time say we've always done well against them, so let's hope that record continues."
JIMMY Quinn thinks Fylde can win the Evo-Stik Premier Division – but also thinks his Nantwich side can knock them out of the FA Trophy tomorrow.
The Dabbers boss has already seen them at close quarters after losing to them in the league on home soil last month.
But that doesn't deter him from expecting a decent crack at cashing the £3,250 winners' cheque tomorrow.
"I think anyone that finishes above Fylde might well win the league," said Quinn.
"They did beat us 3-0 at our place, but it was a tight game that day and I always felt the first goal would win it. They got it and then scored two more when we were throwing men forward to chase the game.
"We got knocked out of the FA Cup by Chorley in the first round, so it would be nice to have a run in this one.
"We've been playing well away from home and we go there with every chance."
STAFFORD Rangers take on Ramsbottom United in the FA Trophy tomorrow with manager Greg Clowes set to unveil a new-look strike force.
Simon Everall has moved to Nantwich Town and Dean Oliver is cup-tied having turned out for Gresley in a previous round.
That leaves the Rangers boss with just Danny Quinn available to lead the line unless he recalls Liam Newman from his loan spell with Congleton Town – the striker netted a hat-trick for the North West Counties outfit in the Mid Cheshire Cup in midweek.
Another option could be Spanish midfielder Jan Llado who may be arriving at Marston Road on loan from Blue Square Bet Premier side Tamworth.
Llado scored against Stafford on his Lambs debut in pre-season and his pace could make him the perfect partner for Quinn.
Clowes is also in discussions with Nuneaton Town concerning a loan deal for their teenage midfielder Ben Ford.
"I am trying to get a deal done for both players for the weekend," explained Clowes.
"We have also put an offer in for a contracted centre-forward. He is playing at a level below, but should be playing higher than that."
Oliver Davies looks set to keep his place on the left following Ryan Brown's return from injury and Courtney Pitt's decision to leave the club.