After last week’s 2-1 win against Brocton and their thumping 10-2 away at St Martins in midweek, FC Isle of Man return to the Bernabowl this weekend as they welcome Stafford Town to the island.
Having been forced to play away for the opening stages of the season, weekend nights under the Bowl’s lights will become the norm for Chris Bass’ team right through the new year with only one away Saturday game between now and when the calendar flips.
This weekend’s opponents Stafford Town are sat just three points below the Ravens, although Bassy’s boys have are four points ahead having played a game fewer.
FC Isle of Man’s Steve Burns, in his game preview on the Raven’s page, said: ‘Mid-week games can cause some difficulties regarding player availability which often provides manager, Chris Bass some headaches when selecting a team. However, there was a good news story this week as long-term injury casualty, Alex Harrison finally made his FC Isle of Man debut after 19 months of rehabilitation, coming on for the last five minutes at St Martins on Tuesday. With Chris Cannell successfully also coming back from injury, Bass is finally starting to get more players back from what has been, at times, an exhaustive injury list. It is expected that most of the big hitters will be available for tomorrow’s fixture, so the Boss will have quite a few headaches in just picking a sixteen-man squad, never mind a starting eleven.’
Ravens fans will also be hoping the strikers are firing on all cylinders this weekend. After drawing a blank last week against Brocton, Furo Davies ran riot at St Martins in mid-week with a hat trick and Sean Doyle, who has hit a bit of barren patch in recent weeks, has scored 19 this season, including six in one game. Also Luke Murray, who has nine this season, has scored in back to back games so should be plenty for Chris Bass Snr and Stafford Town’s defence to ponder.
Just over 2,000 fans crammed into the Bowl last weekend and tickets for this week’s games and future games are on sale here.