Telford & Wrekin will be boosted by the return of three key men for their Midlands Premier clash with lowly Sutton Coldfield.
Corner specialist Gary Royston, Phil Bailey and Vince Richardson all missed the 5-2 comeback victory at Stourport due to family commitments, but are available again.
But club spokesman Jon Woodrow has warned his men not to underestimate Sutton, who, despite failing to register a win so far this term, surprised Northampton Saints with a battling 1-1 draw last weekend.
“Sutton may not have had the best of starts but they’ve picked up recently and that was a good result for them as Northampton beat us 7-2 earlier in the season,” said Woodrow.
“This is a big game for us as we try to consolidate in the division. We’re in a transitional period as we’ve brought in a new coach (Steve Floyd) this year.
“We’ve lost a few players in recent seasons so we’re now trying to focus on youth. Liam Hennessey has come back to the club after playing National League with Cannock and he is heavily involved on the coaching side.”
Hennessey was on target along with Ian Armstrong and Dave Tracey, who both hit doubles, as Telford overturned a 2-1 interval defecit to record their second win of the campaign at Stourport.
Despite the emphatic finishing margin, Woodrow admitted: “It wasn’t the best of games for us and it was more about getting a result with three regulars missing.
“We did much better in the second half.”
Shrewsbury welcome back brothers Louis and Dan Jowett for the visit of Warwick University in the West Midlands Premier.
Prospect Dan, 15, has been on duty with the Midlands regional squad Future Cup but should bolster the attack along with elder sibling Louis, 17.
Craig Heath’s last-gasp leveller from a short-corner routine earned Shrewsbury a 2-2 draw at Tamworth last weekend. But it was a story of missed chances for the Meole Brace outfit, who fell 2-1 down after taking the initiative through Damon Llewellyn.
“We were disappointed we didn’t win, we had chances we didn’t put away,” said skipper John-Paul Turford.
“We scored with the last play of the game but we’d had numerous short corners and Nick Price and Dave McNally both hit the post.”
Turford added: “We finished fifth last season and we’re strengthened since so we’re aiming for a top-three finish at least.”