JERSEY BULLS manager Gary Freeman believes the Christmas break has refreshed Sol Solomon and fans will see him back to his best after he marked his 50th appearance with a scintillating hat-trick.
Following a 6-0 victory over AFC Croydon Athletic, Freeman, Solomon et al turn their attention to tonight’s trip to Molesey, Combined Counties Premier Division South’s bottom club, hoping for an eighth successive win in the league.
Two of Solomon’s three goals at Springfield on Saturday were finished with the quality now expected of the 20-year-old, while the third came direct from an in-swinging corner – his 12th league goal of the season and the 27th in all competitions.
In his 50 appearances for the club, of which 42 have been in the starting XI, the wide-man has scored a remarkable 43 goals.
‘He’s got a quality at the moment where he doesn’t look like he’ll miss a chance. So when he gets those chances, he is pretty clinical,’ said Freeman.
‘You come and watch him in training and the amount of the goals he scores from coming off that side and bending them in either side of the ‘keeper. Hopefully he’s gets back on a streak. He had a lot of football just before Christmas and I think the break has probably done him some good. There’s been a real freshness to him in training so it will be good to see how he goes the next few weeks.’
Freeman has named a 14-man squad for the trip to Surrey tonight. He welcomes Euan Van Der Vliet back into the starting line-up, after the goalkeeper missed Saturday’s game through suspension, while new signing Frank Tobin is also named. There are also returns for Ruben Mendes and Kieran Lester, after their involvement with St Paul’s over the weekend, and Jack Griffin.
However, Bulls are without main striker Lorne Bickley and midfield general Kamen Nafkha due to work commitments. Calvin Weir and Daryl Wilson are also unavailable for the same reason.
It will be the Bulls’ 18th appearance in the league this season, while opponents Molesey make their 25th. They have won just two games all season, both at home, and are currently stranded at the bottom of the table – eight points adrift of safety.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm and will be streamed live. Streaming ticket information available via www.bulls.je.
Jersey Bulls: Euan Van Der Vliet, Jonny Le Quesne, Jay Giles, Frank Tobin, James Quérée, Luke Campbell, Jack Griffin, Joe Kilshaw, Adam Trotter, Ruben Mendes, Fraser Barlow, Sol Solomon, Karl Hinds, Karl Hinds, Kieran Lester.