Mick Cooke became the Seagulls’ third manager of the season on Tuesday but he must make do with a stand seat for his first match at the Carlisle Grounds (5.45pm) due to a carryover suspension from his spell last year at Athlone Town. Despite the recent upheaval at the club, including delayed payments to players, Bray host the Candystripes chasing their third straight Premier Division victory.
That form has helped lift them above today’s opponents into ninth place, underlining the importance of today’s game for both sides.
“I’m sure Bray’s players will be out to impress their new manager,” said Hutton who is without the suspended Aaron Barry today. “As he’s always done, Mick will have his new team well organised and difficult to break down.
“I was down in Limerick last week for their win and they’ll probably have their best player, David Cassidy, available too after him taking over the manager’s role last week.” Elsewhere, basement side Limerick will aim to clinch that elusive first win of the season when they hosts Galway United at Markets Field (6.30pm).
“As a side, Limerick are improving,” reasoned Galway boss Tommy Dunne. “They’ve signed Lee Lynch so we know it won’t be easy against them.” Sam Oji returns from injury in time to face his former club in their new home.
In the last game of the day, Longford Town travel to Sligo Rovers (7.45pm) with new signing from Bohemians, Dean Kelly, available.
The Bit O’Red, with Gavin Dykes and Joseph Ndo now confirmed as permanent co-managers, have local lad Keven Devaney fit again but Jeff Henderson (foot), Stephen Folan (hamstring), John Russell (hip) and Ruairi Keating (hamstring) are all highly doubtful.