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Hectic schedule will see Witham making good use of their squad
Garry Kimble knows he is going to have to make full use of his Witham Town squad in some hectic coming weeks.
An FA Trophy replay against Ware on Tuesday night was an extra game that Witham’s players could have done without and there is likely to be little let-up in their schedule with a punishing run over the next few weeks.
While no-one has played fewer games than Witham in Ryman League division one north, Kimble’s side also had replays in all three rounds of the FA Cup they were involved in and they now face a fixture backlog as they look to catch up in the league.
Witham, who are still second in division one north, are due to travel to Romford in the league tomorrow and they then have at least ten games to fit in before the end of November.
So Kimble will be looking for all of his players to stand up and be counted.
He said: “We are having to play these extra games and more than anyone at the moment I think.
“It’s nice to be in the cup competitions, but we are now playing catch-up in the league.
“Grays had to do it last year and they made it work in their favour, but they had strength in depth with about 26 players in their squad.
“I’ve only got 19 or 20. So I have to make sure I utilise them properly.
“People don’t like sitting out, but you have to do that.
“They may have played well in the previous game, but I might need to rest them.
“That doesn’t mean players are being dropped, but there are some who have been on the bench who will come in.
“Every manager needs to freshen things up. I’ll ask the question and I’m sure every player will say they are fit because no-one wants to come out of the team, but I will see if I need to rest some.
“They won’t want to sit it out, but I have to think what is best for the team.
“It will have to be horses for courses over the next month or two, but I’m hoping we can come out OK.
“It will be tough through October and November, but if we come out of it winning more than we’ve lost, then we will be alright.
“It will be hard on the squad, but if we win our games in hand, we’ll be right up there with (leaders) VCD again.”
Kimble said he is waiting on the fitness of midfielder Sam Taylor ahead of the trip to Romford as his midfielder recovers from a back problem that has kept him sidelined over the last couple of weeks.
He was also unsure whether defender Paul King would be able to play after sustaining a gash to his head during last weekend's FA Trophy game at Ware.
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