Big day of football with Junior Muratti and GFC home clash

MARTIN SCOTT is confident his Guernsey side have the ability to secure a first Junior Muratti away success in a decade at Springfield this afternoon.

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MARTIN SCOTT is confident his Guernsey side have the ability to secure a first Junior Muratti away success in a decade at Springfield this afternoon.

Six of the starting XI from last year’s hard-fought home success are likely to start again today and that number is only reduced from seven because of Ben Relph’s injury.

But with the Sarnians having not won on Jersey soil since 2007, when Matt Loaring netted a brilliant hat-trick, it shows the size of their task today.

‘We are as prepared as we can be for this game, it is just a case of going and putting into practice what we have been doing in training for a few weeks now,’ said Scott.

It is an important day for local football, as the senior stars are also in action for Guernsey FC in a big Ryman South home clash with Hythe Town on a day where anything but victory could see GFC's advantage in the relegation dogfight be eaten into.

Nearest rivals Chatham Town are currently seven points behind with a game in hand, but host basement side Godalming Town in a match they will expect to win.

And with Chatham facing GFC a week from now, the remaining two games in March could go a long way to deciding whether Vance’s men are playing Ryman or CCL football in August.

‘We still have a strong squad named with plenty of experience and options, so we must go out there and try to get a positive result at a vitally important time of the season,' said manager Tony Vance.

‘Hythe need the points for other reasons as they chase the play-offs, so it will be a tough match, but Molesey showed in midweek [by beating Hythe 3-1] that it can be done.’

  • Full previews of both matches in Saturday's Guernsey Press.

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