Wimborne Town are to continue giving their young prospects a chance as star striker Mark Gamble remains doubtful to feature again this season.
Gamble has scored 28 league goals for the Magpies this campaign, but has not featured since going off with a groin injury against Clevedon Town a fortnight ago.
“Normally these injuries take a month to six weeks to recover, but that’s pretty close to the end of the season” explained Wimborne manager Steve Cuss. “We’ll have to wait and see but hopefully we can get him back on the pitch before the end of the season.
“Maybe I could have brought in a couple of loan players, but they won’t be around next year. These young guys are all going to be with us so it was a conscious decision on my part to give them games and we will take the results as they come with the young guys in the side. We’re certainly going to stick with them.”
Jamie Grose made his first start for Wimborne against Yate on Tuesday night, while Max Brimson was introduced as a first half substitute after Adam Costello suffered a broken nose.
Both looked comfortable in the Magpies first team. Grose hit the crossbar with a speculative effort from distance, while Brimson remained composed at the back for the hosts.
“The young lads gave us a little spark” added Cuss. “They didn’t have any fear, they just came in and played and I was delighted with their performance all night.
“That was the first time Max has actually been involved with us, he’s not even been on the bench before. To get on the pitch after 25 minutes and play as well as he did was incredible really.”
Wimborne will be hoping to make amends for their thumping 7-0 defeat earlier this season when they host Paulton Rovers on Saturday.
The Magpies have not won a game since their 3-0 win at Guildford City earlier this month, while Paulton are in third place in the league table.
“We needed a boost and although it’s only a point, hopefully it will give us the lift that we need” said Cuss.
“We obviously had the torrid away day at Paulton. We’ve got to show the character we showed against Yate and see if we can get a result.”