STEVE Davis feels the future is bright for Nantwich Town after the club's talented youngsters showed their skills in the Crewe FA Cup, on Saturday.
The Dabbers fielded a side full of teenagers - some still at secondary school - as they begun their defence of the trophy they won last year.
Among them was 15-year-old Matt Freeman, who signalled his intentions to make his mark with an 89th minute strike, as Nantwich overcame Mid-Cheshire League outfit Lostock in some style at Jackson Avenue.
Davis is confident several of the kids will be first-team regulars in the future.
He said: 'We have some good kids and this was an ideal opportunity to blood some of them.
'They were great. They worked hard and expressed themselves, which is what I asked them to do. We don't have a reserve side this season, so we have to show them we have confidence in them.
'I can't wait to see some of these youngsters come through the system and be a regular here one day. That's important to the future of the club, and with a crop like this, it bodes well.'
Freeman completed the demolition job later on. The game was won by then thanks largely to James Marrow, one of the few first team players to be given a run out.
The striker plundered four goals, with 18-year-old Jake Bowyer getting the other. While Marrow has often been kept on the fringes of the first-choice team by the likes of Danny Griggs, Andy Kinsey and Andy Bott, his performance will have done him no harm.
Davis said: 'He is certainly in my long-term plans, and I've told him that. Saturday was a good opportunity for him to get some goals and build some confidence, and he's done that.'
Nantwich were back in North West Counties League Division One action as the Chronicle went to press last night, and they entertain Curzon Ashton on Saturday, when they hope to welcome a bumper crowd with Crewe Alex facing Tranmere on Friday.
Striker Griggs and midfielder Paul Taylor are getting closer to full fitness after injury, but are unlikely to be considered for the game against the fifth-placed side.