Wasteful Lions still in the hunt

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SIX games without a win and three defeats in that time but, almost remarkably, the Green Lions remain in the hunt for the BetVictor Isthmian South-East play-offs, even though they sit 11th.

‘You scored plenty mate, how do we score?: Tony Vance and assistant Colin Fallaize on the sidelines at Footes Lane. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin, 26877747)

Just six points cover Sevenoaks Town in fifth place and Chichester City in 15th, with GFC’s recent aversion to scoring costing them dearly in what is a strangely open division this season below the top three, which includes Sunday’s winners at ‘The Lane’, Whitehawk.

And while recognising Whitehawk as being a good side, GFC boss Tony Vance again lamented his side’s wastefulness in front of goal.

Vance, whose side meet another play-off contender in Herne Bay at home this Saturday, said his side could have got something from the game.

‘It was a game we could have won and if you look at the chances at a time when we were playing well, you’ve got to take them. When you are playing good sides you have got to take them,’ said a coach who was partly placated by the quality of football his side played.

‘If you look back at the chances, they should have been put away and then there was Carlos [Canha] at the end when it was still 1-0, so that was the only disappointment and frustration because we were playing a good side.

‘When you play high level sport it's those one per cents which people talk about and that was missing today. I thought we played some good football at times, two good teams really having a go.’

Vance also revealed what was behind him confronting referee Tim Donnellan as the teams left the pitch at half-time.

‘We had watched them beforehand, we could see we could hit them quickly on re-starts, counter very, very quickly. But they blocked three or four opportunities to do that and when we tried to switch the play at a free-kick the bloke stood in the way. It was blatant cheating. I was disappointed he allowed that.’

Rob Batiste

By Rob Batiste
Sports Editor

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