Paul Owen wants Hallen to show the right attitude against Shrewton
HALLEN boss Paul Owen will issue his Premier League players with a stern warning before sending them out to face Toolstation League basement side Shrewton in the second round of the Les Phillips Cup tomorrow.
Rock bottom of the First Division and with only four wins to their name all season, the Wiltshire team are rank outsiders to upset opponents who are fourth in the top-flight.
But experienced Hallen manager Owen is leaving nothing to chance and he will remind his charges to guard against complacency.
He said: "This tie is a potential banana skin and we cannot afford to take Shrewton lightly.
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"They may be bottom of the league and an unknown quantity, but they are playing at home, have nothing to lose and warrant our full respect.
"Staying in the cup is a priority now that we are out of the running in the league and we have to go into this game with the right mind-set."
The League Cup represents Longwell Green's last chance to lift a trophy this season and the South Gloucestershire side will go into tomorrow's home tie against Winterbourne United in buoyant mood after beating Premier Division leaders Brislington 2-0 in midweek.
General manager John Gibbs said: "Everyone is flying and, in that kind of mood, we feel we can beat anyone.
"This is our last chance of honours and we badly want to make the quarter-finals."
Sports will be strengthened by the return of James Pocock, Andy Summers, Ryan Gardiner, Mike Hardiman and Billy Hodge.
Winterbourne have signed Joe Turley on loan from Mangotsfield and he goes straight into the squad.
Bath City Under-21 player Liam Orchard, once on Manor Farm's books, has also been recruited.
Bishop Sutton may be favourites to lift the Premier League title, but manager Lee Lashenko insisted he is taking the cup just as seriously.
Speaking ahead of his side's tie at Westbury United, Lashenko said: "We want to win every game. If you start picking and choosing your games, then you get into bad habits.
"We have a really big game against Hallen in the league next week and we want to keep the momentum going."
Sutton will be bolstered by the long-awaited return of Kye Holly from suspension.
Out of the FA Vase and struggling to stay in the title race, Bitton will attempt to keep their season alive by beating Melksham Town at the Recreation Ground, while Brislington will bid to bounce back from their surprise derby defeat to Longwell Green when they host Street in another all-Premier Division tie.
Cadbury Heath will seek to steal a march on their title rivals at home to Bristol Manor Farm. Victory will send Andy Black's team back to the top of the table, not to mention see the Bristolian put one over on his brother, John, who managers Manor Farm.
Already without striker Mark Reynolds, Heath's boss awaits the outcome of fitness checks on midfielders Harry James and Brad Abraham before finalising his line-up.
New signing Andy Bennett came off the bench to mark his debut with a goal last weekend and the midfielder is pushing for his first start since joining Manor Farm from Hartbury College.
Oldland Abbotonians boss Paul Britton insisted his players have nothing to fear when they go toe-to-toe with runaway First Division leaders and title favourites Hengrove Athletic.
Britton's boys held Hengrove to a draw earlier in the season and he said: "We seem to reserve our best performances for the top teams.
"My players will be up for this game and it will provide us with a good yardstick by which to measure our progress."
Arguably the First Division's form team, Almondsbury UWE will fancy their chances of registering a fifth straight victory when they entertain promotion-chasing Chard.
Jay Connor returns to the squad and assistant boss Mel Davies said: "We fancy our chances against anyone right now. Chard may be right up there, but that won't worry our lads."
Portishead's hopes of recovering from a midweek defeat at Welton are being hampered by injury and non-availability.
The seaside club host Corsham tomorrow and Rich Parsons and Sam Charman are both missing, while Josh White (shoulder), James Clarke (ankle) and Ed Dunn (groin) are doubts.
Mark Mapstone misses the game to take his driving test and goalkeeper Mike Bawn has a test on his injured groin. On the plus side, Rich Gill could return and Sam Trueman is back in the squad.
Keynsham Town's policy of integration between youth, reserve and first teams is finally yielding dividends for the Crown Field club.
Manager Steve Cains said: "We have been working hard to join things up as a club from the youth section up and we are now seeing the emergence of some good young players and a lot more crossover between the three sides.
"Ash McDowell stepped up from the reserves to make his first team debut last week and is providing great competition for places."
McDowell is pushing for another start at Cheddar tomorrow.
Roman Glass St George will attempt to bounce back from defeat when they host Elmore.