The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 31st July 2012
......closer to his starting XI for the new season, but warned against complacency as competition for places hots up at Coles Lane.
Evans is expected to start with a strong side against landlords Sutton Coldfield Town in the Sutton Charity Cup on Saturday and said that he now has an idea of what his overhauled side will look like come the start of the new season.
“We’re getting down to our starting eleven now, and the team that starts against Sutton should reflect that, but I still think we’re looking for a player or two.
“Nothing is settled yet and we have good competition in the background – the ones that can contend with that will be the ones with the places in the end.
“Some of the lads, and not all of them are last season’s players, want to just turn up and play. They’re looking over their shoulder all the time, but we want them to handle that pressure and say `I’m going to get that place`.
“It is a healthy position to be in because the lads who are mentally stronger will come through.
“I hope none of them come crying to me about it because it will be down to what they do on the pitch.”
The Roms head into the Sutton match on the back of a win and a draw in the last week.
Last Saturday, second half goals from Nathan Jackson, Dan O’Callaghan and trialist Ray Facey saw Romulus win 3-0 at Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South & West side Cinderford Town, before a mixed team drew 3-3 at Lichfield City on Monday – Nathan Walker (2) and Nathan Blissett scored the goals.
Evans added: “Cinderford were decent, but we played well in the second half. We’re being cautious about it though and there are still bits to work on with regard to shape.
“It was a makeshift team at Lichfield with only three starters from Saturday’s match – we had a look at a couple of trialists and it was a worthwhile exercise.”
*The Sutton Charity Cup this Saturday at Coles Lane will see all gate receipts donated to The Pink Ribbon Foundation, a breast cancer charity. In addition, local manufacturer Alcoa, Kitts Green will donate £1,000 to Romulus’ nominated charity, the John Taylor Hospice, Erdington.