After over 600 days since we last played in front of a home crowd in the league, it's finally time to welcome the Green Lions back to Footes Lane.
Tony Vance has remained loyal to the 14 he named for last week's postponed game, and has added the experience of Dave Rihoy into the ranks. Rihoy will be looking to add to his 237 appearances and 79 goals.
We welcome James Walker to the squad, on loan from Bristol City FC. Walker is a promising young goalkeeper and part of the Robins' U18 squad. James comes highly recommended by Brian Tinnion, who works closely with Tony Vance. Walker has previously played for Bath City in the National League, so has experienced non league men's football at a very good level. Tony Vance was pleased to be able to call upon our close relationship with the Championship side. "Once again it is great to see the partnership working so well together," said Vance. "We thank Brian and Bristol City for the opportunity and look forward to seeing James playing for the Green Lions."
Along with Walker, Ben Le Tocq and Ben Acey could make their debuts on Saturday.
Seventeen-year-old Ben Acey has been rewarded for his consistency in training with a chance to take to the pitch. Tony Vance was full of praise when speaking at training about Ben's selection: "Ben is fearless, he will love the opportunity. He has done really well over the last three months in training
and has done himself proud to get into that position - he fully deserves to be in the squad."
Ben Le Tocq is also in line for his first taste of Isthmian League football and could start alongside former Rovers teammate Tom Strawbridge. There is also a return to the squad after several years of Tom Martin who showed much promise as a youngster, playing 41 times for the Green Lions before stepping aside to concentrate on the boxing ring.
The squad in full is: Jordan Kelly, James Walker. Tom Strawbridge, Frank Tobin, Ben Le Tocq, Louis Graham. Thomas Dodds, Kieran Mahon, Liam Mahon, Charlton Gauvain. Dave Rihoy, Tom Martin, Matt Loaring, Ben Acey, Ross Allen, Kyle Smith.
The Commoners are a few games behind in the league themselves due to FA Cup action. They made is as far as the second qualifying round, where there were beaten in a reply by our Channel Island friends Jersey Bulls before being knocked out of the FA Trophy the following weekend by Ramsgate. The first game of their catch-up saw them beaten 5-1 by Hanwell Town earlier this week. They have won one, drawn one and lost three of their league games so far but are yet to play a home game.
The Green Lions are bottom by virtue of having played no games, but victory would see them immediately jump up one place above Staines Town on goal difference. Notwithstanding our two pre-season matches against the Isle of Man last summer, GFC's last competitive game was in February 2020, a 6-0 defeat to Ashford United.
Saturday's game against Sutton Common Rovers kicks off at 2pm. Don't forget to join fellow fans in the Hockey Club from 1pm or post match for a drink. We can't wait to welcome you back.
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