Chris Beech says tonight’s reserve friendly at Kendal Town will give his Carlisle United fringe players important game time.

The Blues’ second string will take on the south Cumbrians at the ST&B Accountants Stadium, Parkside Road (kick-off 7pm).

It should give certain out-of-favour pros an outing with United also set to involve a number of their younger players.

Beech said the more games like this that they can arrange, the better.

He said: “I just want players putting their shinpads on and playing.

“If you look at 18 players getting ready for this weekend as an example, they play on Tuesday, off Wednesday, Thursday’s a light session, Friday is match prep for Saturday…if you’ve not travelled, and there’s five or six players, you end up not doing too much Thursday, Friday, Saturday – because you’re not in Crawley – Sunday you’re at home and Monday you’re back.

“So for four or five days…it’s important they do put their shinpads on and play football, and it’s important training doesn’t become monotonous, so they don’t have training but not a game.”

Those who could be seeking an outing tonight include Mo Sagaf and Jon Mellish, with back-up keepers Louis Gray and Marcus Dewhurst also contenders to play.

Teenagers such as Taylor Charters, and those offered professional deals last week, could also figure with assistant head coach Gavin Skelton set to take the team.

Beech said he hopes United can play more games against higher-ranked opposition too.

He said: “I want to be playing more, I want them to be playing at clubs we can utilise their facilities.

“If you play a Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, they’ve got thousands of pitches, thousands of players, and we can utilise that from our perspective to make sure the boys get a game.

“It’s difficult when we’re playing on a Tuesday night, that’s why the game’s arranged [for today]. The other factor is in terms of our scholars and second years, I want to make sure they’re integrated for next season now.

“They’re at college on Wednesdays, so they have to play after college, so we have to play a night game. If we didn’t have a Tuesday game we’d play in the day.”

Non-league Kendal have said they will name a strong side tonight which could mean involvement for their United loan forward Keighran Kerr.

Kendal have confirmed entry prices tonight of £4 (adults), £3 (concessions) and free for under-16s.