Friday, 16 October 2009

Stronach seeking bench press

Plymouth Raiders coach Gary Stronach has admitted he needs reinforcements to produce a play-off push this term.

The Pavilions outfit will be without injured James Noel for Saturday’s Cup clash with London – a tie considered a must-win to break the Raiders disastrous start.

Stronach has ruled out a move to bring released Worcester guard Anthony Martin back on a temporary basis but he concedes he has to get more help from his bench in the Raiders’ first home tie of the campaign.

"There's a lot of weight on the shoulders of the five starters,” he told the Plymouth Herald. "If they don't bring their A-game, it's difficult to get the bench involved.

"We need five solid performances from the starters. That then takes the pressure off the bench players."

Martin, who turned down a one-year extension in the summer, was part of the side who were thrashed by Everton in last year’s Cup final.

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