Guernsey FC 11, Crawley Down Gatwick 0 YOU had to feel for the youngsters of Crawley Down Gatwick who had spent most of the day hanging around an airport before bouncing into La Villiaze and then into the Lions’ Den that was Footes Lane last night to be thoroughly mauled.
Guernsey FC 11, Crawley Down Gatwick 0
YOU had to feel for the youngsters of Crawley Down Gatwick who had spent most of the day hanging around an airport before bouncing into La Villiaze and then into the Lions’ Den that was Footes Lane last night to be thoroughly mauled.
This was a mis-match of horrible proportions and as good as the Green Lions most undoubtedly were with their slick, quick-touch interplay at its best, Crawley Down Gatwick were plain ordinary.
Keith Vines’ new side are unrecognisable from the club that led the league in the early weeks when the two sides clashed in London and drew 1-1.
They signed a raft of new, very young players for yesterday’s painful trip and on this evidence the reds’ slide down the table will continue.
‘Are you Jersey in Disguise’ was a jibe from a small section of the Garenne Stand from early on, GFC having flown into a commanding lead courtesy of an electric showing from Glyn Dyer who created the first of Ross Allen’s club record six goals, as early as the third minute.
Dyer smashed a swerving 25-yarder which young Ryan Musselwhite parried to his right and Allen pounced to score.
A minute later Chris Tardif hit a long clearance which Crawley Down allowed to bounce and with no challenge whatsoever Dyer ran onto it and drove a superb shot into the far corner.
The Green Lions were cutting the opposition to ribbons, finding acres of space on the flanks and their passing game was embarrassing the opposition central midfielders.
The chances came thick and fast.
Dave Rihoy cut in off the right and fired a left-foot shot just wide and when Angus Mackay was tripped on the edge of the box Allen’s free-kick was saved by Musselwhite.
Allen went close again before, on 28 minutes, Matt Loaring scythed his way through the visiting back-line – you can scarcely call it defence – and from the left drove a low cross which Allen met with perfect timing with a slide at the far post.
In no time it was 4-0 as Dyer, who had not scored a league goal all season until yesterday, smashed the ball in off the underside of the crossbar for his second of the evening.
Then, just before the break, Allen produced a clinical finish for his hat-trick after being fed by a superb Jamie Dodd pass after the defender strode forward with the ball from halfway.
With the game won, Tony Vance could afford to make half-time changes and did precisely that giving Nigel Hutton, a loyal sub all season, a full 45 minutes down the right flank, and Ryan-Zico Black, a full half in central midfield.
It was arguably Black’s easiest 45 since recovering from his broken leg and to cap it he struck the side’s sixth goal.
The half was just seven minutes old when Allen was tripped on the edge of the box and Black’s driven daisy-cutter found the corner as the defensive wall jumped.
The chances kept coming.
Dom Heaume mis-kicked horribly wide and a good turn and shot by Rihoy fizzed just over the bar.
Goal number seven and Allen’s fourth was a close-range effort after Musselwhite could only parry Rihoy’s shot and then it was the turn of Hutton who headed in the eighth from a couple of yards following great work by Allen.
By now GFC had introduced Marc McGrath for skipper Sam Cochrane and gone to playing three at the back which, to be honest, was still one more than they required.
Only Stefan Cox was producing much for the visitors but his best work was nowhere near Tardif’s goal.
There was still 16 minutes remaining when Hutton set up Allen for the ninth with another far-post finish, but the home crowd had to wait for the record-breaking 10th.
Heaume wasted a wonderful chance to get it but on 82min. McGrath hit a shot the was going wide and it rebounded off a defender to wrong-foot the unfortunate Musselwhite and GFC had their 10.
In stoppage time 10 became 11 courtesy of the irrepressible Allen who has now scored 33 for the season.
Guernsey FC: Tardif, Mackay, Cochrane (McGrath), Dodd, Trebert, Mahon (Black), Dyer, Loaring (Hutton), Heaume, Rihoy, Allen.
Crawley Down Gatwick: Musselwhite, Peters, Daley (Rose-Campbell), Hills (Ojo), Porter, Holness, Lewis (Clay), Goldsmith, Medley, Cousins, Cox.
Referee: M. Goldsmith.