Preston Grasshoppers head coach Michael Lough admits his players are playing for their futures between now and the end of the SSE National League Two North season.
Last Saturday’s 32-0 victory over basement boys Dudley Kingswinford, while pleasing, was of little consequence to Grasshopper’s end-of-season hopes.
Sitting comfortably in eighth, Preston have neither relegation nor promotion to contend with just four games left to go.
However there is still plenty to play for with Lough keen to try out new partnerships in preparation for next season.
And after seeing scrum-half Samuel Whyte take his chance against Dudley Kingswinford, Lough is urging others to follow in his footsteps.
“The win against Dudley Kingswinford was pleasing in the fact that we scored a fair few points and shut the door at the other end,” he said.
“But it was also pleasing in the fact that we put a few new guys in there to see what they could do and I was pleased with what I saw.
“I was especially impressed with Sam at scrum-half. I thought he played very well and he has a bright future ahead of him.
“That is what we must do in our last few games, prepare for next season so that we can see what works and what doesn’t so there will be some chopping and changing between now and then.”
Next up for Hoopers is this tomorrow’s visit of Birmingham/Solihull, a team three places above them in the table.
And while Lough insists his troops will be going all out for the win, he admits that the performance is all that matters.
“Birmingham/Solihull have dramatically improved since last year and they will be a tough nut to crack,” he added.
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