Braintree Town manager Brad Quinton won’t be scared to ring the changes if they are needed for their mouthwatering post-Christmas derby against Chelmsford City.

The Clarets make the short trip to Braintree on Boxing Day with both sides among a five-way tie at the top of the Vanarama National League South table.

It has helped add further spice to an already intriguing clash.

Chelmsford boss Rod Stringer is a former Iron manager and there is county pride at stake as the two clubs clash for the first time since the 2010/11 season.

With plenty on the line for both clubs and their fans, Quinton has said he will make changes to his line-up if needed during a busy festive period.

His team drew 1-1 at leaders Dartford on Saturday – when he made four changes to his starting side – and, following the Boxing Day game, they have a return encounter with the Clarets on New-Year’s Day.

So Quinton insists he isn’t scared to make full use of the resources his has available.

“We have to think about looking after the boys,” he said.

“The games come thick and fast and we have a very good squad so we’ll use it.

“They are all keen to do well and progress.

“Where we are in the table is a fantastic place for the boys to be and they deserve to be there.

“Christmas doesn’t win you any titles, but if you are in and around there through hard work and determination then that’s credit to all the boys and the staff.

“I’m proud of them at this moment in time.

“It will be a thoroughly good game on Boxing Day and we’ll have both sets of fans there in their numbers.

“You’ll see two good teams who both want to progress up the leagues and it will be one not to be missed."