Ian Burchnall is looking forward to handing 90-minute run-outs to our remaining trialists when we visit Boston United this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).
Lamine Kaba Sherif, William Hondermarck and Andre Wright will be given the chance to impress after previously featuring in our victories at Coalville and Telford.
Kyle Bennett won’t be involved, however, after it was decided that it was best for the former Portsmouth man to explore opportunities elsewhere.
“I had a good chat with Kyle yesterday,” said the head coach. “He’s a player I really like and it’s been enjoyable working with him over the last few weeks.
“When he initially joined us we were very light in the midfield area but, following the arrivals of Ed Francis and Matt Palmer, the overall picture has changed for us and I think it’s going to be difficult to strike a deal which is suitable for both Kyle and the club.
“This decision isn’t a reflection of his ability, character or professionalism – I simply wanted to be transparent with him to give him the best chance of finding the right opportunity as soon as possible.
“As with Damien McCrory, Kyle is welcome to continue training with us while he searches for a new club. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the right move comes both players’ way.”
Creative duo Ruben Rodrigues and Cal Roberts will also be absent this evening.
Rodrigues has unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19, while Roberts will be rested after making a barnstorming return to action at Telford.
“Losing Ruben at this stage of pre-season is of course frustrating, but the most important thing is his health,” said Burchnall. “He’s feeling OK and hopefully it stays that way so he can come back firing at the end of his isolation late next week.
“With Cal, we always planned to leave him out of this evening’s match as a precaution. There’s been no adverse reaction to Saturday and he’s been training very well throughout pre-season, so we’re feeling very positive without being complacent.”
Our whole squad are being tested regularly for Covid-19, including ahead of tonight’s match, and in accordance with the league’s protocols our CEO Jason Turner has been in dialogue with their Covid medical officer and our forthcoming opposition to satisfy them of our robust screening and testing regime to ensure training and matches can continue as scheduled.