Goalkeeper selection a difficult one

WHITLEY Bay FC coach Gavin Fell has admitted the Seahorses management team of Ian Chandler and Steve Cuggy will be forced to make a “horrible decision” in hours leading up to the club’s bid to win the FA Carlsberg Vase for a record-breaking third consecutive season.

The duo must decide who will get the nod in the starting line-up as goalkeeper between the highly experienced Terry Burke, pictured, or the young up and coming Kyle Hayes.

Fell said: “It’s an interesting situation. When you have got two goalkeepers like Terry Burke and Kyle Hayes playing in the form that they are, it’s a horrible decision to make.

“One of them is going to be disappointed, but whoever it is who goes in goal I’m sure will do Whitley Bay proud, so from our point of view, whilst it’s not a nice decision, it is a decision which has got to be made.

“And to be fair to Ian Chandler, when it comes to the FA Carlsberg Vase, Steve (Cuggy) and himself don’t normally get it wrong in the team selection.”

Fell said sentiment and favouritism will not be an issue.

He added: “We’ve done what we always do – watch our opponents.

“We’ll prepare properly and see what they are all about, and what we always do in the FA Vase is to pick a team based on winning the match.

“We don’t select the team because we like players.

“Sometimes that means disappointing some players, and I’m sure either Kyle or Terry will be massively disappointed.

“But I guess I’d rather be a substitute at Wembley Stadium than listening to the match on the radio.”