Sep 20 2012 By Zhen-Kuang Goh
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NORTHWOOD manager Gary Meakin will ring the changes for this weekend’s FA Cup clash with AFC Dunstable.
The two sides meet at Chestnut Avenue on Saturday in the second qualifying round, but Meakin will be shuffling his pack after the Woods were dumped out of the FA Trophy by Leatherhead 4-0 on Saturday.
Goals from Chris Boulter, Greg Andrews, Mark Simmons and a late Elliot Thompson effort ensured the Tanners would progress and Meakin wants to inject fresh impetus into his side for the visit of the men from Creasey Park.
He said: “We had five playing for Holmer Green on dual registration this weekend and another three not even in either squad. A few changes may be made this Saturday to freshen things up.
“We take every game as it comes, no matter what it is. Cup games are good for us because we need the money, but it would be nice to play a league game soon.
“We keep saying the other teams are clinical against us and we’re not, so maybe that needs to change.
“We're not trying to win games to prove anyone wrong. But we won't beat Dunstable if we play like we did against Leatherhead.”
The match will mark the first time Northwood have played in the second qualifying round in seven years as they look to march into the next stage for the first time since 2001.
Having beaten sterner opposition in Chesham United in the first qualifying round, Meakin found himself embroiled in a spat with his opposite number Andy Leese.
The angry Generals manager expressed a desire for the Woods to be knocked out by Dunstable but Meakin has moved to calm the situation.
“Everything that was written about it, it wasn’t like that,” he added. “I’m not interested in what Andy Leese has to say.”