LOAN STRIKER Jamie Reid has been FA 'Cup-tied' by Exeter City and will miss Torquay United's fourth qualifying round game against National League rivals Woking at Plainmoor on Saturday.
It almost certainly means a return to the first team for summer signing Brett Williams (right), with player-manager Kevin Nicholson saying: "I want Brett to be angry that he's not been in the side.
"There's not many in our league with the ability that Brett has got, and it will be a chance for him to show everyone what he's about."
Nicholson confirmed that the Grecians have pulled Torquay-born Reid, 22, out of Saturday's tie, even though his loan deal at Plainmoor runs until January 3.
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It means a big chance for ex-Reading, Northampton, Aldershot, Stevenage and Forest Green Rovers marksman Williams, 28.
He missed last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Chester FC through a one-match suspension – he'd been booked five times already this season.
Williams has not started since United's fifth game of the season, at North Ferriby United (0-1) on August 20, although he has made eight substitute appearances since then.
Nicholson has hinted that he wanted a higher work-rate from Williams, but he said this week: "Brett has taken it well, even though I don't want him to take it too well.
"I want him to be angry.
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"I want left-out players to be knocking on my door with good reasons why they should be playing."
After the desperate straits which United ran into last week – they had to make two late-Friday signings (Joel Ambalu and Billy Palfrey) and still had only three players available for the subs' bench at Chester – they will be stronger for Saturday's hugely important tie.
The Gulls are trying to halt a run of four successive FA Cup defeats, to Harrogate Town, Rochdale, Aldershot Town and Basingstoke Town, a rut which hasn't even seen them score a goal.
Nicholson revealed that, as well as Williams' return, Aman Verma should be back from injury, reserve goalkeeper Jamie Robba from international duty with Gibraltar, and local non-contract striker Jamie Chamberlain after he became a dad last Friday night.
Still on the treatment table is winger Dan Sparkes, with Nicholson reporting last night: "Dan is touch-and-go to be fit for Saturday."