Manager Joey Barton opted for a back 3, 3-4-1-2 formation. With Finnish shot-stopper Anssi Jaakkola sidelined with an Achilles injury, James Belshaw continued as the man between the sticks for the Pirates. Sam Nicholson and Aaron Collins led the lineup with support from debutant Antony Evans. Harvey Saunders and Harry Anderson occupied the two wingback slots. The back three comprised of Cian Harries, Connor Taylor and Alfie Kilgour who were supported by Sam Finley and Joshua Grant in the midfield.