STRIKER Akpo Sodje hopes to win a full debut as Town hit the LDV Vans Trophy trail at home to non-League Morecambe tonight (7.45).
The 22-year-old younger brother of currently suspended Town centre-back Efe Sodje is vying with Junior Mendes to fill the frontline berth vacated by injured Andy Booth.
Booth damaged a hamstring during Saturday's 3-3 draw at Bristol City and with Saturday's Coca-Cola League I visit of Walsall in mind, boss Peter Jackson is set to give him tonight off.
Right-back Andy Holdsworth is ruled out after damaging his left shoulder - Nat Brown, who came off the bench at Ahston Gate, is in line to deputise - while striker Pawel Abbott and midfielder Chris Brandon faces fitness tests after taking knocks.
The doubt over Brandon has led to a squad call-up for promising teenager Michael Collins, Town's Republic of Ireland Under 19 cap.
And centre-back John McCombe, another yet to make a first-team start, is also among the 19 names from which Jackson will make his final selection.
The boss's big dilemma, however, is whether to hand a first start to Akpo Sodje or a fifth to Mendes.
Lively Sodje has come off the bench in the last three games after signing on a three-month deal from non-League Erith and Belvedere, where he fired 24 goals last season.
Mendes, a summer signing from Mansfield, started the first four games of the campaign but has had to make do with a place on the bench in the seven since, featuring three more times.
Both men will hope for the chance to fire their first Town goals tonight, but could be kept on tenterhooks.
"I've a good idea of the team I'll put out, but I won't confirm it until late on," said Jackson, who saw a young Reserve side lose 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday in the Pontin's League Cup at the Galpharm yesterday (report Page 39).
"I want to take a look at the lads when we complete our final preparations for what is a big game on two counts.
"Firstly, we want to respond with a win after the major disappointment of conceding a late equaliser at Bristol.
"Secondly, we want to do well in a competition which can have a big spin-off effect in the League.
"Town made it to the final, then at Wembley, in my days as a player and it galvanised the whole place.
"Morecambe are a big, physical side, but we have to look to win well."