Young forward gets a long-awaited recall

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Young forward gets a long-awaited recall

Date Posted: 12/01/2018

Forward Kyle Smith and midfielder Ryan-Zico Black both return to the Guernsey squad after long absences ahead of title-chasing Cray Wanderers' visit to Footes Lane on Saturday.

20-year-old Smith has not been played for the Green Lions since a substitute appearance against Lewes in October and was unavailable over the Christmas period due to work commitments. Ryan-Zico Black returns from his second suspension of the season, having been sent off against Walton Casuals in December, leading to a four-game ban.

Dave Rihoy is also recalled having missed the midweek trip to Sittingbourne. The trio replace Tobin brothers Frank and Harry, who are away, and Angus Mackay, who is unavailable - as is Matt Loaring. Thomas Dodds has been selected but is yet to confirm 100% as he has a tight hamstring, which meant he remained an unused substitute at Woodstock Park on Tuesday.

Seb Skillen is still resting a hamstring strain and will hopefully be available for Wednesday's visit to Thamesmead Town, but Tom De La Mare has still not recovered from the knock picked up against Phoenix Sports and is on an injury list already containing Robbie Legg, Josh Steel, Liam Mahon, Chris Tardif and Jack Domaille.

Vance's 16-man squad is as follows: Stanton, Kelly, Marsh, Geall, Fallaize, Le Prevost, Dodd, Dodds (TBC), Black, Coulter, Gauvain, Young, Heaume, Rihoy, Pereira, Smith.

The Green Lions are looking to end a spell of six games without a win as they sit 20th in Bostik South. They could move up one place with a win. But it will be hard against a strong Wands side who are hunting down Lewes at the top of the table, and are the top scorers of all the teams in the top eight levels of English football this season. They have also added to that firepower with the recent acquisition of Charlie MacDonald from Greenwich Borough, who has 13 goals to his name this season and scored twice on his debut in midweek.

Cray also boast Michael Power up front, who is one of the division's top scorers with 15 this campaign, and have Bradley Stevenson on loan from League One Gillingham. They are only a point off top, having lost just once all season. They are unbeaten in 20 league games.

The Kent side remain the only team Guernsey have never scored against, with the pair drawing 0-0 at Footes Lane last season, before a narrow 1-0 midweek defeat for the Sarnians in Bromley a few weeks later.

Saturday's match kicks off at 2pm. Fans unable to make it to Footes Lane can watch full coverage live on GFCTV and keep up to date via our social media channels. Highlights will be uploaded later over the weekend, with the full 90-minute playback available to subscribers immediately following the end of the live broadcast. Look out for a report and reaction on GuernseyFC.com and Facebook Live after the final whistle.

Season-ticket holders who are unable to attend the match, have not passed their ticket(s) onto anyone else and are happy for the club to re-sell their seat(s), please advise details as soon as possible to info@guernseyfc.com.