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FC Isle of Man back at The Bowl to face Barnoldswick Town

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Manager expecting 'another very tough test'

FC Isle of Man will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they face Barnoldswick Town in the NWCFL Premier Division tomorrow evening (3 September).

The Ravens are back on Manx soil after four away games on the bounce with Saturday's clash kicking-off at The Bowl at 6pm.

The Island side have suffered back-to-back defeats in their last two games at Congleton Town and AFC Liverpool.

Manager, Chris Bass, told Manx Radio it could take only one or two key moments going forward for them to start tasting victory again:

Going into the weekend, FC Isle of Man sit 11th in the NWCFL Premier Division out of the 22 teams in total - having won three and lost four in their opening seven games.

Their last victory came in a 1-0 win away to Padiham on 23 August - since then they've suffered a 5-1 defeat at Congleton Town (27 August) and a 5-2 loss at AFC Liverpool (29 August).

In front of goal, Jack McVey has enjoyed a good goalscoring run for the Ravens in recent games, having netted three times in his last four appearances.

Meanwhile, their opponents this weekend, Barnoldswick Town, sit just above FC IoM in the table in ninth position on ten points, one better off than FC IoM as it stands.

The Lancashire side have three wins, one draw and three defeats so far - their last outing saw them lose 5-3 in a thrilling encounter at home to Prestwich Heys.

However, before that they'd been unbeaten in their previous three outings with a win and draw in the league against Burscough (3-2) and Charnock Richard (2-2) along with a 1-0 win last weekend (27 August) against Blyth Town in the FA Vase First Qualifying Round.

Among their threats in front of goal are Kuda Chingwaro and Eli Hey who both have four goals to their name so far.

FC Isle of Man vs Barnoldswick Town takes place on Saturday, 3 September, kicking-off at 6pm.

Manx Radio will be providing full live match commentary on our AM1368 and Digital platforms.

 

FC Isle of Man team news

One notable absentee for the Ravens for the visit of Barnoldswick Town to The Bowl this Saturday will be midfielder Jack Camarda who is unavailable.

However, forwards Adam Mealin and Luke Murray return to the fold this weekend to boost options up front along with Shaun Kelly who could make his first home league appearance for the club.

Also available this weekend are the Manx side's goalscorers during a busy programme last weekend of Chris Bass jnr., Jack McVey and Lee Gale 

Sid Batty also keeps his place in the squad after an eye-catching display against AFC Liverpool.

 

FC Isle of Man squad vs Barnoldswick Town

Dean Kearns, Karl Clark, Jamie Corlett, Jacob Crook, Ash Higginbotham, Alex Maitland, Sean Quaye, Chris Bass jnr., Sid Batty, Lee Gale, Jack McVey, Adam Mealin, Furo Davies, Shaun Kelly, Luke Murray, Ste Whitley

 

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