Grimsby Town v Alfreton: Managers have a selection dilemma to ponder
GRIMSBY Town's bosses are yet to decide whether Andi Thanoj retains his place in the starting line-up for tomorrow's visit of Alfreton.
The youngster came into the side in place of Derek Niven for Tuesday's FA Trophy quarter-final triumph over Luton.
And after an excellent display in the middle of the park alongside captain Craig Disley, Paul Hurst admits he and Rob Scott have a big decision to make.
"Andi came through unscathed, although we did take him off as a precaution – he's had no side effects from that challenge," said the joint manager.
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"Whether he stays in the side is a decision we're yet to make and one that will be under consideration.
"Derek was excellent at Cambridge. We were close to playing Andi in that game but when we got there – with the conditions and way Cambridge play – we felt it was better suited to Derek.
"With anyone that doesn't play tomorrow, it won't be because of performance. It will be more about keeping things fresh and shuffling the pack slightly.
"It is genuinely going to be a squad effort between now and the end of the season.
"There will be times when one or two aren't happy and aren't in the line-up, but it's for the good of the squad and the team, and they're all very much part of that."
Another example of that rotation policy saw right-back Sam Hatton rested on Tuesday evening.
Hurst says the former AFC Wimbledon man will be recalled tomorrow, and aiming to continue his record of not having lost with the Mariners in the league.
"Sam will be back after he was rested," confirmed Hurst. "Between Sam, Bradley Wood and Aswad Thomas, that's another area where we can look to keep things fresh.
"They've all done really well at various times, so that's a nice little headache for us."
On-loan Alfreton winger Louie Soares won't be able to line up against his parent club, while competition for the striking spots remains intense – especially after Lenell John-Lewis' arrival yesterday.
"Richard came on against Luton and that was the best we've seen of him in a Grimsby Town shirt," Hurst added.
"He was more like the Richard Brodie we know. He has still contributed at various times prior to that and he's only been here a couple of weeks.
"He's integrated well within the group and showed the other night what he can do.
"He's another one who is right in our thinking to potentially get into the side."