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Vance happy to say ‘It’s still in our hands’

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TONY VANCE is pleased Guernsey FC’s fate is still in their own hands after yesterday’s massive relegation battle against Greenwich Borough ended in a 1-1 draw at Footes Lane.

Matt Loaring, who set up the GFC goal, in possession against Greenwich Borough on Sunday afternoon at Footes Lane. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 24409759)

Dave Rihoy’s deflected header had given the Green Lions a half-time lead, but shortly after the interval the Borough equalised from the penalty spot through Teshuane Tyreece Walters.

Late on, GFC had a penalty of their own, but Will Fazakerley saw his effort saved by Oliver Webber, who then denied the tall striker with an outstanding reaction save in the dying moments.

However, Vance was satisfied with his team’s performance.

‘We know what we need to do now, it’s in our hands and that’s what we wanted to get from today. It was a must-win for them, but not a must-win for us and I thought we managed the situation really well,’ he said.

‘We were the better team. We knew how they were going to play against us, we had watched video footage, set ourselves up and they played exactly how we thought.

‘I said to the lads, “we are playing low-risk football today, ultimately, they’ve got to come and win”.

‘It got a little bit edgy. Probably the one disappointment for me was the goal we conceded because we gave the ball away too cheaply on the halfway line which allowed a counter-attack situation and that left us vulnerable.

‘That was probably the only blot on the landscape today, so I’m very proud with how the lads handled the situation and stood up to the task.’

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He also praised Fazakerley for showing the character to want to take the penalty with regular taker Matt Loaring off the pitch.

‘I thought Faz when he came on was brilliant. People are going to remember the missed penalty, but he was an absolute threat and the headers he was winning were outstanding.

‘I have just told him I won’t blame him at all [about the penalty], he is upset but ultimately he stood up to take it and there weren’t many showing for it.’

  • Match report in Monday's Guernsey Press.

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