Team News: Play On The Pitch 2019

We’ve got all the team news ahead of a big game at The Super 6 Stadium on Tuesday evening as two sets of fans compete in our annual Play On The Pitch fixture (6.30pm kick-off).

Craig Hignett and Antony Sweeney are also set to go head-to-head as managers of the Home and Away teams so expect plenty of fireworks on and off the pitch.

On paper, Home Team gaffer Hignett would appear to have the edge with a vast amount of experience set to occupy his dressing room tonight.

Michael Richardson is the only debutant in Hignett’s line-up so will no doubt be leaning on the experience of his central defensive partner Darren Rowbotham who is the only ever-present in either team and is set to make his tenth appearance this evening.

Midfield man Matthew Smith and talented winger Ashley Holland return for their seventh outings, while Chris Kilgour returns for his sixth appearance but his first since 2017.

Lee Sweeney sat out the 2018 fixture but returns to earn his fifth Play On The Pitch cap tonight and left-back Dan Wilson is also expected to hit the same milestone.

Keeper Dan Gray, full-back Kenny Watson, midfielder Michael Weir and forward Craig Shipley all have two games under their belts ahead of kick-off.

In stark contrast, Sweeney will be hoping that the freshness of his squad in terms of experience can serve him well with only two players with prior knowledge of the fixture.

Jack McLean will offer some welcome know-how in attack having featured in the last six games, while Mark James Henderson returns at right-back after playing in 2018.

Thomas Thebe gets the nod between the sticks for Sweeney’s men; James Clennett, Kieran Trundley and Stewart Matthews make up the back four for the Away Team.

Adam Burgon and Liam Kelsey are in the engine room, while Luke Jarvis and Lewis Hall will look to provide ammunition from the wings for McLean and his strike partner Luke Young.

In an exciting addition to this year’s game, both sides will be donning a special one-off kit, which has been supplied by our new partners at O’Neills.

Home Team: Gray, Watson, Rowbotham, Richardson, Wilson, Smith, Kilgour, Weir, Holland, Sweeney, Shipley.

Away Team: Thebe, Henderson, Trundley, Matthews, Clennett, Jarvis, Burgon, Kelsey, Hall, McLean, Young.