Northwood stretched their lead at the top of Isthmian South Central to seven points with a comeback 2-1 victory at Footes Lane, but Vance congratulated his players for another strong showing, in which they deservedly took the lead with fast-flowing and confident play.
‘The lads can be very proud of themselves,’ he said. ‘OK, we got nothing today and that’s disappointing, but we went – to a certain degree – toe to toe with a very good team.’
It was Sam Murray, with a well directed header from a whipped-in Kieran Mahon cross, who opened the scoring after only eight minutes.
However, he remains the only Guernsey player to have scored in front of the Garenne Stand faithful this season, after six home matches – a fact of which Vance is very much aware.
‘We used to concede a lot of goals and if you actually look at the goals against column, that’s not the problem – it’s the goals scored we’re struggling with,’ he said.
‘Obviously, we’re missing some really offensive-minded players, so we’re playing a style to stay in the games and try and keep them tight – and credit to the players, they’re really doing that.’
Three of those missing players – Ross Allen, Charlton Gauvain and Will Fazakerley – were watching on from the concourse on Saturday.
That was a demonstration of their commitment to the cause but Vance will be looking forward to the day they can all start a home match 50 yards further east, where they can do some damage to opposition defences.
Match report in Monday's Guernsey Press.