Hastings boss sure GFC set for play-offs
HASTINGS United headed back to the UK with manager Chris Agutter proclaiming that Guernsey FC were nailed-on for the play-offs.
That will be music to the ears of Green Lions fans who will be keen to see their side take something from tonight’s re-arranged game at fourth-placed Ashford United, another tough test with Ashford having won 4-1 at Hythe Town at the weekend.
‘Guernsey will minimum be in the play-offs this season [and] in my opinion the best we’ve played,’ said Agutter after seeing his side come within just 13 minutes from losing their unbeaten record at Footes Lane.
Eagle-eyed fans may have spotted a dazed GFC keeper Cal Stanton receiving close attention from physio Dan Guillemette at the end of the Hastings game.
Vance says the keeper is fine despite the aerial battering he received from Hastings and will be in goal at Ashford tonight although there were other worrying knocks picked up.
The GFC boss was a proud but frustrated man after the Hastings draw.
‘I thought we deserved three [points].
‘They have conceded just four goals all season, haven’t lost a game and yet there we were 2-1 up and deservedly so. Unfortunately, one mistake cost us.
‘I said to the guys at half-time, “we’re in control now and as long as we can deal with the set-pieces, I fancy us” and Charlton [Gauvain] was tearing them to shreds.
‘We were deservedly in front and to concede that goal was disappointing. They shoved four up front, so yes you’re going to have some pressure, but the goal they did score probably was a mistake by us in a few instances.
‘Tuesday will be difficult now because we’ve got a few casualties, unfortunately, and we don’t want the wheels to come off but there’s a long way to go and we’re in a good position, so credit to the lads.’