CREWE FC boss Ian O'Reilly is to ring the changes after his side were hammered 7-0 by Barnton on Saturday.
The crushing defeat is another devastating blow to the struggling side, who are rock bottom of Division One.
Classy Barnton, who lie third with six games in hand on leaders Middlewich, ran riot as depressed Crewe surrendered at the Cumberland Arena.
O'Reilly will make a string of changes for Saturday's Crewe Cup clash at Winnington Avenue. He said: 'We were dreadful. We got absolutely battered and thumped all over the park.
'It's no good for me to keep saying that we have got good players and things will turn around. It's time to bring in some different players.
'We have a sticky tie in the Crewe FA Cup - one we are expected to win - but on current form anything could happen. The gap in class showed on Saturday and they walked all over us.'
Crewe keeper Steve Harding was in inspired form on Saturday and kept the scoreline down to just seven. Crewe beat Barnton 2-0 last season and lost 2-0 earlier this campaign.
But the departed Lee Westwood and Chris Hampshire and the absent Danny Brazendale and John Dawson were missed badly by the home side.
The experienced Paul Rennie will come into the team on Saturday, as will Mark Blackburn. Lee Wilson is available again while Dawson's fitness will be assessed in training tonight.
Nantwich Town have given Crewe FC seven days notice of approach for striker Gareth Brookes. O'Reilly said: 'It is very disappointing. They have only just taken Hampshire off us and now they want another one.
'It seems that when you are down, people take the opportunity to kick you. Hampshire doesn't even get in the Nantwich team and Brookes has been there before and been released.
'It is disheartening but I wish the lads all the best. They probably get a couple of quid to play for bigger teams, whereas they pay £3 subs to play for us.'
Crewe Reserves fared little better as they were beaten 5-0 by Styal Reserves on Saturday. They face Pilkington Reserves at home this weekend.