Strong squad for Isle of Man return fixture

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Strong squad for Isle of Man return fixture

Date Posted: 12/09/2020

Guernsey FC and FC Isle of Man make further use of the ‘air bridge’ this evening when the Ravens visit Footes Lane in the second pre-season meeting between the pair to contest the inaugural Skipton Cup.

The pair met just under a month ago at The Bowl in Douglas to mark IoM’s first-ever fixture since their formation as they prepare to follow the Green Lions’ footsteps into UK non-league football, starting in the North West Counties League Division One South. Jack McVey scored from the penalty spot to register the hosts’ first-ever goal and ensure they marked their first outing with a 1-0 victory.

From those that missed out on the trip in August, Jordan Kelly is added to the squad as back-up goalkeeper, with right-back Keanu Marsh, midfielders Thomas Dodds (who was originally meant to travel before suffering an injury) and Tom De La Mare, and attackers Matt Loaring and Will Fazakerley all being included. Charlton Guavain and Blair Howitt are the only two from that trip to miss out.

The 18-man squad is as follows: Addison, Kelly, Marsh, F Tobin, Geall, Fallaize, Strawbridge, Dodd, Graham, Dodds, De La Mare, Le Tissier, Renouf, L Mahon, Loaring, Rihoy, Allen, Fazakerley.

The Skipton Cup is the first of three annual matches of this nature thanks to the support of Skipton International. As well as this new piece of silverware, the Mike Thomas Memorial Trophy will also be presented to the victors and there will be a collection for the Mike Thomas Fund during the evening, which provides insurance to support players in times of hardship, such as when a football-related injury prevents them going to work.

The Green Lions will also be showing off their new kit to home fans for the first time. New shirts will be available to buy from the merchandise stand.

Kick off at Footes Lane is at 6.30pm. Purchase a matchday programme for a chance to win one of nearly 50 prizes, including £200. There will also be a chance to have a kickabout in the Guernsey Sports Commission inflatable football pitch near the hockey club from 4pm, with live music from local singer-songwriter Stuart Leach from 5.30pm.

There are still a very small number of tickets available for a seat in the Garenne Stand, available on the gate on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, it will be standing room only.

There is a live stream available to the Isle of Man only, but highlights will follow.