‘Everyone needs an opportunity’ – Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff vows to make changes for Papa John’s Trophy

Cheltenham Town will welcome Norwich City Under-21s to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium to play their final Papa John’s Trophy Southern Section Group F fixture on Tuesday night.

Robins manager, Michael Duff is poised to make alterations to the team that beat South Shields 3-1 on Saturday to progress into the second round of the FA Cup.


Duff said: “Everyone needs an opportunity with the amount of games that are coming thick and fast.

“It’s not taking the competition lightly, if you can give game time to some players, we will make a few changes.”

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A win against Norwich U21s – who top Cheltenham’s Papa John’s Trophy Group F – would bank an additional £8,000 for the League Two club, on top of the £16,972 earned from a First Round FA Cup win over South Shields on Saturday.

Tournament prize money will go some way in easing the club’s financial worries as the UK plunged into a second lockdown last week.

Though Cheltenham boss Duff is not thinking about the financial gains of an extended run in the Papa John’s Trophy.

“We just want to win the game, we’re competitive people, we want to win,” Duff said.

“The finances are a by-product of a win, but generally, winning does breed success and confidence, it’s not a bad habit to get into.”

Cheltenham will be drawn at home in the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy if they win on Tuesday night.

Duff is wary of the threat a young Norwich team can cause his side.

“You need to deal with whatever problem is in front of you and they’ve got a certain way of playing.

“It’ll be a tough game, I think the two results they’ve already got in this competition, it shows they are putting in good performances, so it’ll be a tough game.

Cheltenham are already through to the second round of the Papa John’s Trophy ahead of the final group stage tie against Norwich, but the potential prize money is needed more than ever before.

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