Injury-hit Swifts to rely on youth at Bury

HEYBRIDGE boss Jody Brown says he may have to rely on some of the club’s youth prospects when his injury-and-suspension-hit side travels to Bury Town in the Velocity Trophy tomorrow (October 23).

Swifts will be missing injured defender Phil Anderson, midfielders George Cole, Lewis Godbold, Joe Gardner, Elias Siligato, and striker George Smith for the first round tie at Ram Meadow.

Brown (pictured above) said: “The injury lost is growing and it’s a major concern.

“Sam Bantik Ryan Henshaw are suspended, and Luke Callander has a major travel concern in the lead up to this game.

“So we will likely be fielding the kids, but I have every reason to believe they can catch the eye and get something from the match.

“We have to prioritise competitions and – with our FA Cup and FA Trophy hopes still alive – we just have to be sensible where the league cup is concerned.

“It’s come at a bad time and everyone knows how good a side Bury are, and how formidable they can be at home.”

And Brown was impressed with the character shown by his squad to battle for a big Bostik North win under testing circumstances at Mildenhall on Saturday.

He added: “Losing Lewis Godbold in the warm up was a huge blow and caused a reshuffle for the side.

“But such is the growing character of the squad, they didn’t bat an eyelid and we made the late change and kept a clean sheet.

“Kreshnic’s early goal was something very special and gave us something to defend at a place and against a team where I think people will find it difficult to win.”