Cochrane off... is Wembley trip too?

GUERNSEY FC will have to reach the FA Vase final the hard way after a convincing 3-1 home defeat to Spennymoor Town in the first leg of their semi-final on Saturday.

Referee Rob Whitton ushers Sam Cochrane to the sidelines and Dominic Heaume enquires about the health of the Spennymoor player caught by the Guernsey captain’s flailing arms moments earlier. Meanwhile, keeper Chris Tardif has words with an angry visiting player. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1312889)
Referee Rob Whitton ushers Sam Cochrane to the sidelines and Dominic Heaume enquires about the health of the Spennymoor player caught by the Guernsey captain’s flailing arms moments earlier. Meanwhile, keeper Chris Tardif has words with an angry visiting player. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 1312889)

GUERNSEY FC will have to reach the FA Vase final the hard way after a convincing 3-1 home defeat to Spennymoor Town in the first leg of their semi-final on Saturday.

A club record 4,290 fans packed Footes Lane for the clash between the two pre-tournament favourites and the Green Lions were level at half-time, Dom Heaume cancelling out Steven Richardson’s opener.

But it was Richardson who struck again and Andrew Stephenson added to it, while GFC captain Sam Cochrane was sent off for a needless elbow, ruling him out for three games when his suspension kicks in.

GFC coach Tony Vance accepted it was a fair result on the day, but insisted his team were not out of the tie and overturning the deficit was still a possibility.