Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that he will not field any of his 'professional' players when the club take part in the Somerset Premier Cup next month. The Glovers are due to play Keynsham Town on Tuesday October 11th, using the Western League club's new 3G artificial surface that is due to open on Saturday at their Crown Field ground.
As a Football League side, the Glovers would generally field a 'Reserve Team' side in the County Cup, giving the chance of a run-out for some of the club's fringe players. However, Skiverton has told this week's Western Gazette that he will pull out all of his players, leaving the Under-18s side to play on the surface:
"The younger players will be playing. None of my professionals will be playing, because that is not a suitable surface."
The Glovers are very familiar with 3G pitches, having made use of a new pitch at Bucklers Mead School last season during the winter months. Presumably Skiverton believes his players are at increased risk of injury from playing on such a surface in a competitive environment.
Talking of injuries, the Gazette report that midfielder Dominic Blizzard is not expected to be on the team bus for Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe United, and will need around a fortnight to recover from the knock he incurred early on during last week's home match against Sheffield Wednesday. However, right-back Kerrea Gilbert is expected to travel, suggesting that a scan on his dislocated shoulder has shown no tissue or ligament damage. Captain Paul Wotton will also be available, having served his one match suspension last weekend.
Link: Date Set For Keynsham Cup Clash.
Link: Somerset Premier Cup 2011-12 First and Second Round Draws.
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