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Holloway faces selection headache

14 November 2012

City ladies boss deciding whether to keep faith in a winning team or make changes for Knowle

Coventry City Ladies manager Chris Holloway faces a selection dilemma, when his team begin their defence of the Birmingham FA Women’s County Cup against Knowle on Sunday.

The Sky Blues have won four out of their last five games, with FA League Cup victories over Aston Villa and Derby County, whilst league wins over Barnet and Cardiff City have seen the club rise from 9th to 4th in the FA Women's Premier League.

Holloway must now decide whether he maintains the same team that clinched a last-minute victory over Cardiff City last weekend, or offer rare opportunities for fringe players in his squad.

‘’We assessed everything on Tuesday to see how people feel and if anyone was carrying injuries in the squad’’ he said. ‘’I don’t really like the tinkering of things too much, but with the way our luck is with injuries and the fact we have some difficult games coming up before Christmas, it may be that opportunity comes up.’’

Holloway added: ‘’Some players need minutes from today, but as much as it gives us that chance, I want the winning run to continue and I’m sure players, fans and the club alike do too.’’

Knowle play in the West Midlands Women's Division 1 South – the 5th tier of women’s football in the country – and are currently in 5th place, winning two of their seven league games this season. They defeated Redditch 7-0 in the first round of the County Cup last month, and will be looking to claim the biggest scalp in the club’s history this weekend.

The Sky Blues defeated Kingshurst Sporting Club, Solihull Borough, Leafield Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and then rivals Aston Villa, en route to clinching the cup for the first time last season.

The Second Round tie will take place at Hampton Lane, and will kick off at 2pm.

Pics by Marc Evans

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