The newly promoted side are yet to record any points in this season's SSE Airtricity Premier Division and will hope to change the club's fortune with a new manager at the helmKeith Long will be hoping to clinch Athlone Town's first points of the season against Bray Wanderers on Friday as he take charge of the club for the first time since the departure of Mick Cooke by mutual consent.
Long will be without Aidan Collins, who is suffering from a shoulder complaint, and Neil Harney, who is still sidelined for at least a week with a quad muscle injury. Sean Byrne, Philly Gorman and James O'Brien are all expected to return to the team after missing Monday night's Leinster Senior Cup defeat to St Patrick's Athletic.
Bray, meanwhile, come into the game having recorded a shock victory over an impressive Dundalk side last week and manager Alan Mathews believes that the result gives his team confidence going to Lissywollen.
"We can take great confidence from the win but we need to play at the same level if we hope to get something from Friday’s game," Mathews told the club's official website.
The visitors will, again, be without captain Danny O'Connor, while Jake Kelly, Shane O’Connor and Shane Byrne are also unavailable.