LISTEN: Dodds hails ‘a great team performance’

IT MIGHT have been the usual goal-scoring hero at one end, but Guernsey FC’s first win of the season owed so much to the heroics of two Toms at the back.

In the absence of both Jamie Dodd and Jacob Fallaize for the rearranged trip to Sutton Common Rovers on Saturday, the Green Lions employed a new centre-back pairing of Thomas Dodds and Tom Vaudin, who did their side proud in keeping the game goalless until the dying seconds when Ross Allen scored an injury-time winner for GFC, who by then were down to 10 men after Keene Domaille had been sent off for a late tackle.

‘It was a great performance all round,’ Dodds told GFC TV, in typically humble fashion.

‘It’s been a difficult start to the season for different reasons, we haven’t maybe performed as well as we wanted. It wasn’t the prettiest today but we ground it out and you ride your luck sometimes.

‘One week you can be down, the next week you can be up and we’ve got to take that forward now.

‘[The previous Saturday] I was quite down because obviously I want the team to do well, but I didn’t feel I did myself justice either, so yeah buzzing to bounce back with the three points.’

With Tony Vance also unavailable for the match, Steve Sharman and Colin Fallaize took over the GFC reins.

‘With our set-up, Steve spoke to me and Vauds before the game and quite a lot of it was about a clean sheet, focus on defending, so that was all I was thinking really – just don’t let them get in, don’t let them score, throw yourself in front of it and I knew we’d get a chance,’ Dodds said.

Ross Allen scores the winner. (Picture by ESA Photos, 31230380)

‘We left it late, but you always get one chance and luckily Ross tucked it away.’

Guernsey FC’s next game is at home to Leatherhead on Saturday 17 September.

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