Jersey boss Culkin makes changes for Isle of Man game

Jersey boss Craig Culkin has made four changes to his squad for the FA Inter-League Cup final with the Isle of Man.

Culkin has brought in goalkeeper Nick Ashley for Garry Lloyd while Adam Fisher replaces injured former captain Chris Andrews.

James Hudson replaces defender Rob McBey while Luke Campbell is in for Russell le Feuvre.

Jersey will represent England at the Uefa Regions Cup if they win at the Manx Bowl on Saturday.

"This is the most important game in Jersey football's history," Culkin told BBC Sport.

"It's not just the game, but the status of it and what we get if we win.

"We've had a fantastic run, team spirit is high, confidence is high, and we're really looking forward to the occasion."

Jersey travel to the Isle of Man knowing they will face not only a hostile crowd, but an artificial surface.

The Manx Bowl has a 3G plastic pitch, something Jersey's players are not used to.

"Initially I thought the game should have been played on grass," Culkin said.

"My qualm at the time was, 'Would the FA Cup final be played on astroturf?'

"For these two sets of teams it's our equivalent.

"But having trained on it I don't have a problem playing on it, and I think it might be conducive to the style we play."

And he feels his side will be motivated by playing in front of a large away crowd.

"We don't get the crowds in Jersey and if Isle of Man can pull in 3,000 to 4,000 then great."

Jersey squad: Craig Fletcher, Nick Ashley, James Hudson, Stuart Andre, Luke Campbell, Jack Cannon, Mark Lucas, Jay Reid, Aaron Parkinson, Adam Fisher, Craig Russell, Danny Flynn, Joe Murphy, James Scott, Ben Gallichan, Luke Watson

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