Stringers turn attentions to cup matters

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Hailsham Town take a breather from their promotion campaign to travel to St Francis Rangers in the second round of the Brighton Charity Cup.

Manager Kenny McCreadie agrees that they stand a good chance against the Division one team of progressing to the next round.

“I think that we’re quietly confident. They’ve won one game in the league this season, and our previous encounters have been very close games.”

The Stringers still have Ryan Alexander and Steven Early suspended, but hopes to have many first-team players back returning from injury.

“We were missing eight players last week, which was why we drew 0-0.

“However, we haven’t had any fresh injury concerns, and hope to get five or six of those players back.”

McCreadie will also be putting out his strongest side available for the cup game, believing that resting players won’t help their cause.

“If you keep winning, it creates confidence, and at the end of the day that’s what you want to do - keep winning.

“It seems more of a foreign managers policy, to rest players. I don’t really buy into that belief.”

Town’s player’s will be forgiven though for having one eye on their eagerly anticipated Challenge Cup semi-final against league leaders East Preston on March 6.