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North in the driving seat after Murray’s late winner

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THE Twitter graphic promoted it ‘Hell in the Cell’ which was a clever and unique way of promoting a big FNB Priaulx League game.

North goal-scorer Joe Alvarez is upended by a Saints tackle at the KGV. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 26868062)

But who’d provide the hell we wondered?

Would it be the Saints man featured on the image – Louis Hunter – or North full-back Charlie Le Prevost?

As it turned out, not Hunter because he was left on the bench having missed last week’s win over Bels and only appeared for 25 minutes.

Le Prevost is the type who gets nosebleeds if he crosses halfway, so it was unlikely to be the left-back.

No, the hell lay in the feet of man you would most expect to send you there in local footballing terms – big Sam Murray who popped up with an 89th minute winner in a 3-2 cracker.

Given his record we should not be surprised who would settle a feisty, highly-competitive affair which lived up to the billing.

Under a full moon and clear sky, conditions were perfect, albeit crammed into a cage and at times, as the tackles flew in, it was hell in there, particularly for referee George Jennings.

On three sides you get square eyes looking through the metal, but on this occasion the action was so impressively furious you forgot about it.

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Goals from Joe Alvarez and Simon Marley put North 2-0 up and seemingly in control, but Saints fought back and got back on level terms thanks to Chris Le Noury and Dom Heaume.

However, with Murray's late strike, North closed to within a point of Saints at the top with two games in hand.

Very much advantage North.

  • More in Monday's Guernsey Press.
Rob Batiste

By Rob Batiste
Sports Editor

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