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Tough choices for Jersey Bulls boss Freeman

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ANOTHER victory courtesy of a largely second-string Jersey Bulls side has given manager Gary Freeman a selection headache for their next league outing.

Teenager James Carr, right, was one of a few players making rare appearances for Jersey Bulls when they faces Epsom & Ewell Picture: ROB CURRIE

Epsom & Ewell were the latest Combined Counties League Division I club to be brushed aside at Springfield on Saturday, with the Bulls – without nine key players due to Inter-League Cup commitments – keeping their UK opponents at arms length throughout the game.

Freeman praised his side and admitted that some performances have planted a selection seed in his mind ahead of next weekend’s home clash with Cove.

He said: ‘The lads who came in for the game, I can do nothing but praise them. It is difficult to come back and go out again but they stood up and performed.

‘We spoke before the game and one thing we said was if you are unavailable and someone comes in and does well, it will give us hard decisions.

‘We asked the lads to make it hard for us next week and no doubt some of them have stepped up and done that, and they got us the result.’

Freeman lost the majority of his usual starters to the JFA Combination side, who won in extra time in their away cup tie against Amateur Football Combination on Saturday night.

The Bulls chief, who represented the Island himself, said he would never stand in the way of a youngster wanting to represent Jersey but added that he would prefer not to see games on the same day.

He added: ‘I think in a perfect world the games wouldn’t be on the same day.

‘A few lads came to speak to us about what to do. I was lucky enough to play for Jersey a few times and the last thing I would do is go and tell a young player he can’t play for Jersey.

‘We have 30 players and we will use them. Some days it will be tougher to grind out [but] we will go down that route.’

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