Cochrane fit to face Billericay
Tuesday 15th October 2013, 9:45AM BST.
ONE of the Ryman Premier’s form teams arrives at Footes Lane on Saturday, as Guernsey FC hope for another bumper home attendance.
The big FA Trophy first qualifying round clash against Billericay Town is now just four days away and while the Green Lions have had some time off, ‘Ricay’ have been in brilliant form.
A 2-1 weekend victory away at Enfield Town took their winning run to five in six league games, to climb to eighth place and within two points of the play-off spots.
Throw in a comprehensive 7-2 Ryman League Cup win over AFC Hornchurch, who are currently second place in the Ryman Premier, and it proves the enormity of GFC trying to dispatch their illustrious opponents.
However, a social media campaign to ‘Pack the Lane’ is well under way as the Lions look to get somewhere in the region of their two highest all-time attendances of 4,290 and 2,597 through the gates.
Both were achieved in last season’s memorable FA Vase run, against Spennymoor Town and Walsall Wood respectively.
GFC captain Sam Cochrane, who looks certain to recover from a groin injury to play, is calling for the support of the Guernsey public once again.
‘This will be the biggest home game we have played as a club and hopefully we can get another huge crowd down there,’ he said.
‘We really appreciate all the support we get, which has always been fantastic and it really can make the difference against a quality side, which is what Saturday will be.
‘I would urge as many people to get down there on Saturday and wear green to cheer us on.’
There could also be returns from injury for Tom Strawbridge and Ryan-Zico Black, although they are both still doubtful, while Jamie Dodd will shrug off the knock he picked up in the win over Barkingside to play.
The match kicks off at 1pm on Saturday.