Manager Neil Aspin said his decision to leave Jason St Juste out of the squad for the trip to Brackley was due to the wide man’s recent form - and that other players will have to accept being left out too.
St Juste filled in capably for Scott McManus in the early part of the season, and was seen by many as Town’s best performer during the opening games.
But he lost his place in the starting line up to the fit again McManus at Lincoln City in the FA Cup - and was then left out of the squad completely for the trip to Northamptonshire a week later.
Although he played ninety minutes at left back during the 7-0 West Riding County Cup win against Liversedge, Aspin admitted St Juste’s form has dipped.
“Jason St Juste was our best player earlier in the season. He’s not the only one, but there are a few who have not played as well recently, and I just felt that we’d leave him out and give him a rest,” said Aspin.
“But I’m sure if he can get himself playing as he was then he will be a good asset for us. I was delighted with the way he played earlier in the season but he’s probably a bit unfortunate that we have another left back who can come into the team, whereas there are other positions where people can get away with a bit more if they’re having bad games.”
With Jason Jarrett and Dale Johnson both available after suspension, Dan Gardner nearing fitness, Liam Needham back from a loan at Bradford Park Avenue and strikers Alex Titchiner and Alex Johnson having joined in the last week week, Aspin said that some players may have to leave.
“When you bring players in you’ve got to balance things up,” he said.
“I don’t like having players who are not involved, I’ve never done that. Since I’ve been manager I’ve always gone with a small squad and I don’t want to have players who are not doing anything and are sat on the sidelines.
“We’ve brought players in but I will then have to thin that squad down and if people come in then a couple of people will have to go out but I’ve got this week to decide what to do.”