INFLUENTIAL striker Demetri Brown will be assessed ahead of tomorrow's crunch FA Vase clash at Atherstone Town (3pm).

Brown limped off with an ankle knock during the second half of Tuesday's 1-0 win at former club Tividale with manager Ashley Vincent erring on the side of caution.

There were more definitive answers on the other two concerns with keeper Dan Jezeph set to return following illness but midfielder Chris Withington seems set to lose his race against the clock.

“It is too early to be sure about Demetri,” said Vincent

“You never quite know until a morning or two after, when he runs on it. We will have to test various things.

“Before the (Tividale) game we said not to take any risks, anyone feeling anything was to come off and let’s make no bones about it, this is a big game, I need as many bodies as I can fit and raring to go.

“Demetri is a massive part of the way we play and go about things, we will need him but if we can’t get him fit then other boys have to step in and do a job.

“Dan will be fine. He was a little bit under the weather and it would probably have been silly to push his body to the limit with this game coming up.

“Chris is unlikely to make it. There is no break but after looking over the weekend, we think he is a couple of weeks away, minimum.

“It is an opportunity for someone to step in and perform and to try to help Chris to have a place in the next round alongside everyone else.

“He is gutted, anyone would be, but we have a tight group and the boys know getting through gets him through to another opportunity to play in a big game."

Brown was bullish about featuring at Atherstone when asked on Tuesday and Vincent acknowledged tempering the excitement, particularly of those with fitness doubts, could prove a challenge.

“It can be difficult to manage that," he added.

“At the end of the day you have to take a player’s word for it. Your eyes see what they see in tests but ultimately, they have to be the ones that declare themselves fit or otherwise.

“I have an honest bunch of lads, they understand the nature of the game and how big it is. They all know they would be letting down their team-mates if they went out there below the level they should be in terms of fitness.

“They have to be open and honest with me as I will be with them in selecting what I think is the best team to go to get a positive result."