Date Posted: 08/11/2019
Guernsey meet Burgess Hill Town for the first time in nearly five years when they visit the Green Elephants Stadium on Saturday in Isthmian South East.
The two sides last met at the same venue in February 2015, with the hosts winning 3-0 on route to topping the league and earning promotion to the Isthmian Premier Division. Relegation last year has brought them back onto the Green Lions’ fixture list.
Tony Vance’s side will have to be wary of a new manager bounce, with Jay Lovett moving from South Park to join the Hillians after Simon Wormull departed the club due to a poor start to the campaign that sees the Sussex side one place off the bottom with two wins and eight defeats form their opening 10 games. Lovett’s first game in charge was on Wednesday as his new charges beat East Grinstead Town 6-3 in the Velocity Trophy.
As for Guernsey, teenagers Tom Jackson and Alex Scott return to the squad, the latter having been left out of last week’s group that was due to play Whitstable Town because of his involvement with Guernsey U18s against Kent in the FA County Youth Cup first round the following day.
Jamie Dodd starts on the road to 400 games having shaken off a knee problem to earn selection last week, while Angus Mackay also keep’s his place from last week’s squad.
Liam Mahon will serve the second of his three-match suspension, while Thomas Dodds remains sidelined with an ankle problem. The longer-term injuries for GFC include Will Fazakerley (dislocated shoulder), Paris Pereira and Dave Rihoy (both knee), who will all miss most, if not all, of the season.
Vance’s travelling squad is as follows: Stanton, Marsh, F Tobin, Dodd, Strawbridge, H Tobin, Mackay, De La Mare, Jackson, K Mahon, Scott, Gauvain, Loaring, Canha, Allen, Legg.
The Green Lions are looking to bounce back to winning ways and ensure two straight defeats is just a blip. Vance’s side have only lost two of nine league games, eight of them away from home, and can move back into the play-offs with a win. The Hillians could jump three places to 16th if they are triumphant. The teams have two wins apiece from their four meetings.
Saturday’s match kicks off at 3pm. Broadcasting regulations mean the game will not be screened live but you can listen to the action as it happens in our audio-only coverage on GFCTV, as well as keep up to date via the club’s social media channels. Highlights and the full 90-minute playback will be uploaded to GFCTV over the weekend, while there will also be a comprehensive match report on the website.