Jersey Bulls take flight for Deportivo
JERSEY BULLS’ ability to adjust to life on the road in the Combined Counties League will be handed its first test tonight, in the first of two away games in 72 hours.
Player-commitment to the cause is being tested early with a mid-week tie at FC Deportivo Galicia – a Heathrow-based club representing the Spanish region of Galicia – before the Island side travel to Surrey on Saturday for a lunchtime kick-off against Godalming FC.
However, Bulls’ manager Gary Freeman will be pleased that only one change has been enforced on him due to unavailability for tonight’s game, which could send the newly-formed club to the top of Division I. All but three of the squad who beat Ash Utd 3-0 on the opening day are making the journey to London.
‘It’s a busy week and it will be a bit of a challenge,’ said Freeman.
‘The players knew the squad quite early so they could sort out work arrangements and it’s good that there are not too many changes from the last game. We may tweak it slightly and travelling away it’s important that everyone gets involved, because it’s a big commitment for them. There might be another couple of changes for the weekend with people not being available but we’re conscious that we have to have consistency.’
Harry Cardwell – the scorer of Bulls’ third goal against Ash Utd – is unavailable for the trip and goalkeeper Bradley Rolland has been saved a journey due to the unlikely need for two shot-stoppers. Jack Boyle, who was substituted just 11 minutes after making his return from an ankle injury on the opening day, is sidelined again and awaits results from a scan on his knee.
Bulls will join three other sides on six points from two games if they win again tonight.
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