Men ready for round two as Jersey travel back for inter-insular
For many there will be a case of deja-vu tomorrow at Footes Lane.
But for Guernsey men’s coach Andy Good, he will just be glad to be back on the sideline having endured the agony of waiting for updates via his mobile phone during last weekend’s EH Tier Two Championship quarter-final against the same Jersey side his squad face again tomorrow.
Good was on tour with his Elizabeth College Year 8 team while the national knockout tie was being played out and his immediate response to finding out that the Caesareans had scored a last-gasp equaliser to take the game to a penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 draw is unprintable.
‘You always think the momentum is with the side who scored with a minute to go. You’re a bit nervous anyway, so when I heard it had gone to shuffles, you fear the worse,’ said Good, who had ‘three or four’ people keeping him updated.
However, he had no need to worry as both his goalkeeper Jake Le Marchant and the designated Sarnian penalty-takers did the business to win 3-1 and now they have a semi-final at Tunbridge Wells to look forward to next month.
But first it is the old enemy once again and there are some areas in which Good believes his side needs to improve six days on.
Watch: Highlights from last weekend's thrilling EH Championship quarter-final
‘Certainly short-corners is an area we did not do so well and I think structurally there were one or two issues with how we lined up,’ Good said.
‘The structure of Jersey’s game is good, they are a really compact team and well-organised, they make the spaces small and we end up chasing the game a little bit rather than sticking to our processes.
‘Scoring our chances, again, is something we need to improve too because we seem to get a lot of open-play chances and we need to put these games to bed because ultimately we want to win these games in normal time.’
The men’s first-team game will be the culmination of a day with six matches, taking centre stage straight after the women’s firsts encounter in which Jersey will be defending the trophy.
Bex Hubbard’s Guernsey side are enjoying a good run in their EH Tier Three Championship campaign and they welcome back Tash Symes and Caryn Rieger-Vorster, who missed the victory over Surbiton Lionesses last month.
9.30am – Women’s Thirds (MF) and Men’s Thirds
11am – Women’s Seconds
12.30pm – Men’s Seconds
2pm – Women’s Firsts
3.30pm – Men’s Firsts
Firsts – Lucy Waldrom (captain), Emma Atkinson (GK), Michaela Byrom, Katherine Bushell, Megan Thomas, Holly Stubbert-Malley, Francesca McLuskey, Caryn Rieger-Vorster, Ellen Castleman, Jenn Lawson, Kira Totty, Teya Sheppard, Tash Symes, Becky McAllister, Mali Smith, Amy Sharpe.
Seconds – Amy Sharpe (captain), Hannah Eulenkamp (GK), Krista de La Mare, Minnie Swaisland, Jan Courtney, Dawn Robilliard, Becky Hubbard, Lauren Judge, Hattie Clayton, Emilie Walker, Georgie Le Tocq, Martha Nuttall, Megan Renouf, Wil Smit, Mia Lloyd-Jones.
Thirds – Liza Sayer (captain), Genevieve Swainston (GK), Alice Davies, Gemma Underwood, Georgia Pollock, Sophia Robilliard, Katrina Guilbert, Jess Fiore, Helen Watson, Leah Briscoe, Katie Davies, Sze-Ching Chung, Zoe Stringman, Suzie Druce, Nicole Hewlett.
Firsts – Adie Peacegood (captain), Jake Le Marchant (GK), Alex Bushell, Tom Cashin, Jonny Clark, Zak Damarell, Sam Dawes, Sean Donaldson, Steve Eulenkamp, Josh Kendal, Tim Ravenscroft, Cameron Rivers-Moore, Tom Still, Matt Stokes, Sam Watson, Andy Whalley.
Seconds – Carl Pugh (captain), Tom Judd (GK), Steve Eulenkamp, Steve Waldrom, Tristan Cairns, Jack Birch, Theo Swainston, Noah Whitmore, Sam Ferry, Owen Bonner-Morgan, Daniel Cameron, Adam de la Mare, Fintan Ridgwick, Will Rouget, Louis Steyn, George Le Roux.
Thirds – Damian Wallen (captain), Dan Brown (GK), Mark Babbe, Pete Carey, Dan Brittain, Ryan Courtney, Ryan Gilson, Chris Lindsay, Will Mansell, Rob Newton, Kevin Smith, James Underwood, Isaac Eyton-Jones, Luke Gavey, Hugo Le Clerc, Josh Noyon.