Date Posted: 30/08/2019
There is a surprise name in Tony Vance's squad for Saturday's visit to Phoenix Sports with Angus Mackay returning to the squad, nearly 18 months after his last appearance.
Mackay, who has played a key role in both defence and midfield for the Green Lions in the past, last played for Guernsey against Sittingbourne in January 2018 but has focused on the coaching since, enjoying success in charge of the Guernsey U21s. He rejoined the squad for pre-season training this summer.
Vance said he was pleased to have Mackay's experience back in the squad. The 32-year-old has made 177 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals.
"It is great to see Gus back involved once again," Vance told GuernseyFC.com. "He still has so much to offer on the pitch, but also off it.
"I was delighted that he was keen to commit again during pre-season this year and try and get involved again. I am hoping we can see him return positively on the pitch and use that knowledge and experience to benefit this developing group."
Also included is adventurous full-back Tyler McKane. He has captained the Guernsey U21 side in numerous Junior Muratti wins. He plays his local football with Rovers, helping them to back-to-back Priaulx League wins in 2017 and 2018.
Left-back Harry Tobin is recalled having recovered from a groin strain, while Keanu Marsh has recovered sufficiently from the blow to the face he received against Whyteleafe on Bank Holiday Monday to remain in the squad. Teenagers Tom Jackson, who made his debut from the bench on Monday, and Alex Scott keep their places while Jordan Kelly is also named.
Matt Loaring misses out due to illness, while Robbie Legg is away. Kieran Mahon is serving a one-match suspension for his red card against East Grinstead Town. Forward Paris Pereira has not recovered from his knock, while other injuries include Charlton Gauvain (ankle), Tom De La Mare (calf) and Dave Rihoy, (knee).
Vance has opted to take 17 players to the Phoenix Sports Ground. The full travelling squad is as follows: Stanton, Kelly, Marsh, McKane, F Tobin, Strawbridge, Dodd, H Tobin, Mackay, Dodds, L Mahon, Skillen, Jackson, Scott, Canha, Allen, Fazakerley.
The early season form sees Phoenix Sports bottom of the table having lost all three games, but Vance will not be fooled by that. His side is yet to beat the South London outfit in six attempts. Last season's two meetings were both high-scoring, with a 5-3 defeat at Footes Lane early in the season followed by a late 3-2 reverse in Barnehurst after Guernsey had initially fought back from 2-0 down. A first win of the season could take us into the top half of Isthmian South East.
Saturday's match kicks off at 2pm. Fans unable to make it to the Phoenix Sport Ground can get live coverage on GFCTV and keep up to date via the club's social media channels. Due to broadcasting laws, the second half will be audio only. Highlights and the full 90-minute playback will be available after the game, as well as a comprehensive match report.
For fans watching from Guernsey, our pop-up pub, Le Lions Vert, will once again be open at St Pierre Park at hour ahead of kick-off. Join your fellow local fans as the action is streamed live on the big screen. There will be a 'pub grub' menu and selected drinks at pub prices. Thanks to our principle club sponsor Hand Picked Hotels for the support.