WESTERN Spirit are likely to field a Reserve grade side in Wednesday night's Canale Cup clash after some tired legs from the top side's weekend match.
Spirit lost 5-1 to Capital League 1 pacesetters Mitchelton at Teralba Park on Saturday night, only being outgunned in the final few minutes.
Unbeaten Mitchelton had played three more matches going into the match, exposing Spirit's lack of game time after a gallant first half.
However, head coach Darren Hillier is planning to rest a number of top side players when the teams meet again at Kippen Park in Wednesday night's Canale Cup encounter.
"The boys were dead on their feet," Hillier said, aware his team was underdone from having a four games recently washed out.
However, he was encouraged by Spirit's effort until Mitchelton scored two late goals.
"Probably staying at 2-1 or 3-1 is a fair indication of the game because we gave them a really good shake," Hillier said.
"They are a very strong side."
The Spirit coach is anxious to have a full-strength side available for Saturday night's catch-up game against Moggill at Kippen Park.