The Island’s leading marksman has now found the £75 fund to travel and the Jersey squad will be boosted by his inclusion as he has scored 21 goals this season.Crick is expected to line up in attack with John Rutter, his former strike partner at First Tower two years ago when they notched 34 goals between them.It’s not all good news for the Island squad as they’ve lost Jersey Scottish midfielder Lee Harvey, who scored the winning goal in the Muratti in 2002, Harvey has failed to recover from treatment to a knee injury and a bruised calf.
Trinity utility player Allan Brown however has also won his battle to be fit.Manager Dave Matthews said: ‘It’s disappointing for Lee but fantastic that Ross is now coming.
He is the Island’s leading goalscorer, he is on fire at the moment and playing with a lot of confidence.’There are seven new faces in the Jersey squad to the one that won bronze in the Island Games in Guernsey in July.Matthews said: ‘I have confidence in all of them.
Bar one they have all represented the Island at either under-18 or under-21.
‘The other is Gordon Brodie and as an amateur he captained Scotland.’They’ve all worked hard at training and we’ve worked on lots of things.
There’s a good spirit among the players and we are all now looking forward to the game.’Jersey’s squad that went to the Island Games was inexperienced and they were not expected to do as well as they did.Matthews added: ‘They were organised and they gave a fine account of themselves and hopefully this squad will do the same this weekend.
I have experience of this competition from last season and I know the opposition will be organised and difficult to beat.’Counties have lots of semi-professional and former professional players playing for them and games are hard.
They will be well organised in everything and we must be too.
When we haven’t got the ball we must look get it back quickly and when we have it we must support the guy who has it in his possession.’The match is being played at St Blazey FC.Jersey: Jimmy Styles, Russell Osmand (Jersey Wanderers), Casey Hickling, Chris Carter, John Rutter, Ross Crick, Scott Jones (all First Tower), Lee Bradshaw, Stuart André, Glen Durrans, James Fortune (St Paul’s), Gordon Brodie, Chris McNabb (Jersey Scottish), Allan Brown (Trinity), Luc Le Mière (Grouville).