After three wins from win this calendar year, FC Isle of Man welcome sixth place Cheadle Town to the Bernabowl this weekend, as the battle for promotion rolls on.
Cheadle arrive in decent form, they are unbeaten in their last six, but that run has included four draws.
The Ravens will of course be without goalkeeper Matty Quirk after he was sent off for a minor infringement last week when he wiped out a Ellesmere Rangers striker 30 yards from goal. So, unless Chris Bass decides he was as impressed with Michael Williams’ display between the sticks as the rest of us, we can expect Dean Kearns to take on the number one jersey.
While you may look at a team which had drawn four of their last six and think they’re struggling in front of goal, Cheadle have scored 13 goals in that time and striker Patrick Davin has 14 for the season. The visitors also won the reverse fixture way back in October when a, it has to be said much changed Ravens side, travelled to Greater Manchester.
Despite the absence of Matty Quirk, it should be a good squad for the Ravens with man on fire Sean Doyle, who scored twice in last week’s 3-0 win, surely likely to be leading the line. Recent good performances from Lee Gale and Charlie Higgins should be enough to see both retain their place on the wings, but with Dan Simpson coming off the bench to score last week, he’ll be pushing for a start.
As ever, kick off this week is 6.30pm, under the lights, with gates open from 5.30pm. Tickets are available here.
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