Royle to ring the changes

BLUES boss Joe Royle will ring the changes when Ipswich Town entertain Third Division Kidderminster Harriers in the Carling Cup.But that doesn't mean he is not taking the West Midlands side seriously and he insists Town need a good run in the latest version of the League Cup.

BLUES boss Joe Royle will ring the changes when Ipswich Town entertain Third Division Kidderminster Harriers in the Carling Cup.

But that doesn't mean he is not taking the West Midlands side seriously and he insists Town need a good run in the latest version of the League Cup.

Royle added: "We are not taking it lightly; we want to win the game.

"It will give us a chance to look at things on Wednesday. There are people who have played in every game through the summer and may need a little rest."


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Fabian Wilnis and Chris Makin will share a game while Matt Richards and Martijn Reuser will start. Dean Bowditch and Alun Armstrong are also in consideration, which would allow at least one of the strikers a break, with Darren Bent not looking his best on Saturday.

Armstrong may get a run-out to prove to scouts from a number of clubs that he is fully fit and ready to be shipped out.

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Royle added: "He is fit again, it was a niggling injury, nothing serious."

John McGreal has also joined in first-team training but may still need a couple of games to be fully ready.

The two clubs have never met before in any competition but Royle has done his homework on Harriers, who won their season opener against Mansfield 2-1 at the Aggbrough Stadium with both goals from Bo Henriksen, who banged in 20 league goals last season. The Dane, who won at Superligen Championship medal, is carrying an injury and may not be risked on Wednesday.

Hs place could be taken by Jon Williams, dubbed the Flying Postman during his non-league days after working as a postie while with Cradley Town. He was officially recorded as the fastest man in football while at Swansea City, but that was some 10 years ago.

Harriers joined the Football League at the same time as Ipswich Town last won promotion to the Premiership in 2000 and they finished 11th in Division Three last season.

They won the Conference under manager Jan Molby but are now managed by Ian Britton and their current squad includes former Colchester United defender Scott Stamps, the experienced Sean Flynn and Williams. Royle added: "We have had them watched a couple of times we know what they can do and how they play.

"A cup run in our financial situation would be marvellous and it would be brilliant for our fans. I saw at Oldham first hand what a cup run can do for supporters; there is nothing better."

The multiple-trophy winner took the Latics to three semi-finals and a final on top of promotion, even though they were severely cash-strapped even back then.

Carling take over as the named sponsors after the Football League renewed their contract for a further three years with brewers Coors, who also backed the Worthington Cup.

Town are playing their tie on Wednesday so as not to clash with Colchester United, who entertain Plymouth Argyle tonight.

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