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RAF And Navy Managers Preview Inter Services Football Clash

The Air Force boss highlighted his chief goal threat while the Navy is hoping home advantage will be key.

This match has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and this preview was created prior to that announcement.

RAF boss Warrant Officer Andy Kuchta says Mike Campbell will be "a threat" for the Air Force in their Inter Services clash with the Navy.

The striker has scored four goals in his last two games for his service including a hat-trick against Hungerford Town.

The Navy, who points to a home advantage as key, would have looked to stop Campbell in the match which was set to be shown LIVE on the Forces News Facebook page prior to the cancellation.

The first match of the 2020 tournament took place in March when the Army beat the RAF 1-0 in Shrewsbury, shortly before the country went into lockdown because of COVID-19.

That Air Force team was led by Flight Sergeant Kev Barry but since that result they have changed manager with WO Kuchta taking charge.

He said: "Sergeant Barry was the manager in the first game and then, obviously, I’ve been appointed since.

"To be fair to him, we were hoping that the conclusion would have been done and then I could have carried on my new tenure."

"Unfortunately, circumstances haven’t panned out that way," he added.

"I’m picking up a fresh new squad carrying on Kev’s good work."

Matt Glass' goal gave the Army an advantage in the tournament with a winner against the RAF in March.

WO Kuchta also spoke about the goal threat in the RAF team with Campbell's name coming up as the danger man.

He said: "'Cammy’ is certainly a threat. I know the Navy are massively aware of him.

"Obviously, he represents at UKAF level as well so they’re fully aware of his ability.

"What a great asset and to go into such a big game with that sort of form in front of goal.

"He works his socks off, as do all the lads. Hopefully, the 10 players around him will compliment him, and let’s hope he can bag another two, three, or four against the Navy."

For the Navy manager, Warrant Officer Martin Wallace, the decision to switch locations from Yeovil to HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth could have proven to be crucial.

He said: "In my mind, it gives us back to sort of old school home advantage.

"We played, obviously, the RAF at Shrewsbury last year and weren’t successful.

"The year before that, we had the ‘Beast from the East’ storm came in and affected how Yeovil Town’s pitch was so we had to change at short notice back to HMS Temeraire.

"Actually, it gave us real home advantage that day. I thought we adapted to the conditions really, really well, and were successful and won that game.

"We’re looking forward to being at the home of Navy sport."

Cover image: The RAF and Navy bosses.