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7 November 2013

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Boss on selection for FA Cup trip

Town boss John Still is likely to make several changes for the FA Cup first round tie away to Welling United on Saturday.

The Hatters will be without strikers Andre Gray and Alex Wall, who are both sidelined with minor hamstring strains. 

However, the manager expects midfielder Alex Lawless to be involved somehow as will Jim Stevenson, who scored two fine goals for the development squad on Tuesday against West Ham. The former Histon midfielder limped out of that match with a foot injury but has since has made a full recovery.

Still will also decide on Friday who will play in goal at Park View Lane. Elliot Justham did his cause for a start no harm on Tuesday either, saving a late penalty for the development squad. The stopper also kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win at Woking the previous round.

Striker Jon Shaw (calf) and winger Shaun Whalley (hamstrong) remain sidelined, with the latter due to resume full training next week. Anthony Charles remains a doubt.

"Andre is tight around his hamstring area so he won’t be involved," Still said at his press conference on Thursday.

"Alex Wall come off in the development game the other night as he felt his hamstring. It’s not terrible, but he won’t be involved Saturday.

"Shaun did a little bit of training today, we won’t worry about him for this weekend, but next weekend he should be okay.

"Jon Shaw is still trying to get to the next step. We don’t want to rush on though as he rushed himself a little bit before and had a problem.

"Alex Lawless has pushed on so we’ll add him to the squad, while Anthony Charles is back in training too.

"It looked a lot of changes before, I think we made six (against Woking), but they were all players who had played before.

"Whatever we do, the side will be picked to try and win, but probably a little tinker.

"It allows us just to change it at times. It’s really important to pick a team to win, I think so anyway and you utilise most of your squad.

"With that in mind, we’ll pick a team that we think can win the game."

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