Manager to ring changes ahead of county cup date
DERBY County Ladies manager John Bennett says there will be a few disappointed players as he prepares for tomorrow's Derbyshire County Cup clash with St Georges.
The Rams, whose league fixture against Nottingham Forest has been postponed because county cup games take priority, resoundingly beat Ilkeston in the previous round of the competition.
Bennett has a full squad to choose from with a few first-team regulars set to play in the reserves' home game at Graham Street Prims in the FA Women's Premier League game against Doncaster Rovers Belles (2pm).
"It's very rare to have so many players fit and available for selection," he said.
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"I don't enjoy telling any of the girls that they're not in the squad but I'd rather have too many players to pick from than too few."
Derby will be expected to win comfortably against St Georges – as they did against Ilkeston in the previous round, when they put 18 past their Derbyshire rivals without reply.
But Bennett is taking tomorrow's game seriously.
"It's a game we should win but it's a potential banana skin," he said.
"I'll be putting a strong team out because it's a competition in which we want to do well."
Derby County made a winning start to 2013 by beating Loughborough Foxes 2-0 in the Women's FA Cup second round.
Second-half goals from Cara Newton and Nikki Ledgister were enough to carry Derby through to the next round, where they will face Watford at home.
The Hornets are one division higher in the Women's Premier League, currently sitting second in the table.
The Rams' return to league action on Sunday, January 27, when they play Newcastle United in a relegation six-pointer.