Mixed Saturday for Guernsey football
IT WAS a Saturday of mixed emotions for local football.
While the FNB Priaulx League XI were being emphatically knocked out of the FA Inter-League Cup in Essex, the Green Lions started life without Ross Allen with a stylish victory.
The island’s premier striker was an interested spectator a day before he jetted off to live in New Zealand and he would have been pleased with that he saw of his former team-mates after a 4-2 Bostik South win over VCD Athletic.
Guernsey FC manager Tony Vance certainly was as his side climbed up to 16th place.
‘There is us thinking that we might need to change our ways with Ross not around and we go and score four goals today, which is great, so it shows that perhaps there is life after Ross,’ he said.
‘Of course we are going to miss him, I know that, but it is good for everybody that the lads managed to score four goals and get ourselves over the line.’
That result came a couple of hours after Steve Sharman’s league representative squad were getting beaten 5-0 by the Essex & Suffolk Border League to end their cup adventure in the second round.
‘I am never happy that we have lost a game 5-0 but everything is about context,’ he said.
‘We asked the players to try and play, which they did and they were going to make mistakes. They don’t play at this level every single week.’
- Match reports in Full Time supplement of Monday's Guernsey Press.