Ring-rusty Saints desperate to return to grass football
FOR the first time this season, Rangers could use the KGV’s grass pitch as their home as St Martin’s prepare to visit on a busy weekend in the FNB Priaulx League.
Since moving their home games from St Andrew’s for this top-flight campaign, all seven of Rangers’ home matches have been played on the facility’s artificial 3G surface.
But with that not available as a fall-back option, it will be the grass or nothing tomorrow as fingers are crossed around the island that the various pitches have recovered from the recent inclement weather.
If they have, four games are due to be played, starting tonight, as North look to close the gap on Rovers and Saints in the title race by defeating Vale Rec.
Then, tomorrow sees a triple-header, including that aforementioned KGV encounter, which itself will be a long time coming for the visitors, as Leon Meakin explains.
‘We haven’t played on grass, either in a match or training, since 18 November, so that is far from ideal to have such a long spell only playing on 3G or astro,’ said the Saints coach.
Everybody has been left well in the wake of unbeaten leaders Rovers, who have notched up 28 points from 10 games and will be expected to improve that further when they host Bels at Port Soif.
That is one of two games being played at 2pm, the other being that Rangers v. Saints clash, while an hour earlier Sylvans and Alderney face off at St Peter’s.
- Full preview in Friday's Guernsey Press.