Belper Town face selection headache for Lincoln United test

Belper Town manager Charlie Plamer
Belper Town manager Charlie Plamer

Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer is facing a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s match with Lincoln United.

The Nailers have an ever-growing injury list, with Phil Watt, Ross Parker, Gerome Palmer, Rob Stevenson, Ben Turner or Danny Haystead all on the sidelines.

“Injuries are part and parcel of football, and since I have been at this club we have been fortunate to not have any major injuries, up until now,” said Palmer.

“We haven’t got just one injury, it is four or five at the minute. I am not looking for any excuses.”

To add to the injury woes, goalkeeper Danny Haystead will start a four game suspension on Saturday against Lincoln, due to his second red card of the season in the defeat to Basford.

Added Palmer: “Danny will be a big loss, but Charlie Mansfield will be given a go again and we will see what develops from there.

“I have been contemplating whether I should bring in another goalkeeper.

“There is two ways of looking at it, if I bring another ‘keeper in we will have three on the books, which people will question, but at the same time I also need competition for the number one shirt.”

The Nailers boss is still excited at the prospect of taking on promotion hopefuls Lincoln United on Saturday despite his depleted squad.

“I’m looking forward to the Lincoln game, we drew to them at home and I would like to think we have come a long way since then,” he added.

“I have seen and I hope the supporters can see that we can give anyone a game in this league.

“It is all about getting results against the top teams, Lincoln will be another tough team to beat, like Coalville, Shaw Lane and Stafford it will be big test for us.”