BURY are on a roll and manager David Flitcroft has no intention of risking that by making unnecessary changes for tonight’s visit of Morecambe in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Shakers stormed back to the top of League Two on Saturday with a 2-0 win against Tranmere, but injuries and suspensions saw the Bury boss name just six of a possible seven substitutes.

With a tricky trip to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, Flitcroft was expected to rest a number of key players for tonight’s second-round cup tie.

But a possible Wembley final and the chance to lay down a marker against a side who are fifth in the League Two table could tempt the 40-year-old manager into naming a near full-strength side.

“We will have a look at everyone’s stats and make a decision based on whether any fatigue has set in. There will be a science behind who we pick and who we don’t pick,” said Flitcroft.

“But, certainly, I like getting in a rhythm – the more games the better.

“Even when we do not have a game on Tuesday, we always play a behind-closed-doors match, so it is a fantastic opportunity for us to keep some momentum going.

“And the JPT is a competition I massively respect and one that I want the football club and the team to do well in, so we will be as good a team as we can be.”

Flitcroft confirmed that attacking midfielders Duane Holmes and James Poole were suffering from knocks and would probably not feature, while defender Keil O’Brien continues his recovery from a knee cartilage injury.

But Danny Mayor could come back into the reckoning after missing Saturday’s match through suspension.

And Clive Platt, who came on in the closing stages of Bury’s recent defeat at Exeter, is pushing for a first start of the campaign after missing the pre-season recovering from a calf operation.

“There are massive stats out there about reoccurrence injuries if you don’t do a pre-season, so we are not pushing Platty,” said Flitcroft.

“He has had 45 minutes and 60 minutes in two matches behind closed doors, so we are just guiding him along, but he will be a good foil for us this season, there is no doubt about that.”

The 36-year-old former Rochdale and Northampton striker signed a new season-long deal with the Shakers in the summer after arriving on a short-term contract last December.

“I am really glad he has stayed with us because he has a massive influence over that squad,” added the Bury boss.

“People don’t understand, when they see he is not making game time, the massive influence he has in that dressing room.

“He is quite unique, him and Sedgy (Chris Sedgwick) – both great people who have a massive bearing on what goes on through the week and on Saturday.”