Worksop Town assistant Craig Denton said he and manager Jon Kennedy will exercise caution when it comes to including players from the club’s youth set-up.
The squad was stretched on Saturday for the visit of high-flying Bridlington Town, with Tigers only able to name two players on the substitutes’ bench. Denton said availability was a factor for the low numbers as half the squad was made up of players who had been elevated from the club’s development sides.
The situation has provided an opportunity for some to stake a claim to be involved but the management duo will not throw youngsters in just to make up the numbers.
Denton said: “It’s an opening for youngsters to step up but only if we feel they can offer something.
“It would be unfair to bring in a U21s player and for them not be ready to compete. It’s great to bring in young and up and coming lads into the first team. We have to be mindful, however, if they can deliver on that stage. We have got some senior players in the group who are steadying us through the final part of the season; the likes of Jack Waddle, Kyle Jordan and Mitch Husbands.”
Disappointed with the manner of defeat to Bridlington, Denton expected more and wants to finish the season on a high - starting with Barton Town Old Boys.
Barton have picked up of late - seven points from the last available nine - to give themselves a fighting chance of climbing to NCEL Premier Division safety.
“It’s going to be a tough game for us going up against a side fighting from relegation,” said Denton. “We still want to win every game and compete at the highest level, but they have got something to play for. We’ve got to be even better.”