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De Garis 'hugely disappointed' to have to give walkover

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SYLVANS have had to give a walkover to FNB Priaulx League title contenders Alderney, who the Westerners were due to visit on Saturday.

Chris Le Cheminant heads North into a 2-1 lead against Sylvans last night at Northfield where the hosts emerged 3-1 winners in the FNB Priaulx League. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 23885167)

A ‘hugely disappointed’ Martyn de Garis, the Sylvans coach, said they had no option but to hand the Ridunians three welcome points in their pursuit of their first ever Priaulx League championship.

‘I just haven’t got enough players available. Five or six are working, one is away travelling and some of our kids are on a school ski trip,’ lamented de Garis.

‘I’ve got a small squad as it is,’ he added.

De Garis also knows the decision is bad for the integrity of the competition, let alone the image of the St Peter’s club, who gave a Rawlinson Cup walkover at the end of last summer.

‘I’ve spoken to Steve Concanen in Alderney and apologised and also called St Martin’s, because it affects them as well.

‘[Last night against North] I’ve got 17 in the squad, that’s the frustration. If the game had been here we would have been OK because a couple could have come along after working the morning.

‘I am disappointed, I really am.’

Last night in the FNB Priaulx League, Matt Maggs gave Sylvans the lead at Northfield, but North hit back with goals from Scott Bougourd (a penalty), Chris Le Cheminant and Simon Marley to win 3-1.

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