Guernsey Press

Vale coach delighted at his side’s derby match desire

U2 FAMOUSLY sung about it and Vale Rec had it in abundance as they moved clear at the top of the FNB Priaulx League on Friday night.

Vale Rec striker Marlon Jardim received the September player-of-the-month award from sponsor Blue Islands on Friday night before scoring the third goal in his side's win over North. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 32648130)

‘I just said to the guys that was just about desire,’ said a delighted Mark Romeril after his side’s 3-0 Grand Fort Road derby win against North.

‘They kept their shape as best they could, but it was just desire.

‘The tackles that went in... this team have been questioned in the past in terms of their attitude. What a difference they are now. One gets beaten and the next one is in.

‘From a performance point of view, we can be better than that. I thought we were good on the counter, scored three goals on the counter, but it’s hard game. North are a good side – they keep the ball well.’

The Rec goals came from Luke Gaudion, Jacob Masterton-Pipet and Marlon Jardim, who began the evening by receiving the September player-of-the-month award, as they maintained their 100% winning run while ending that of their neighbours.

‘Four games, four wins – it’s a good start. But that’s what, 17 games left?’ said Romeril, who is not getting carried away.

‘They’ll enjoy a pint now and then it will be focused completely on Alderney next week.

‘Every game is a challenge. There’s not one game that you can turn up and just think you’re going to win.’

On Saturday, St Martin’s hit a magnificent seven against Sylvans to climb into second place on goal difference thanks to their 7-3 win at St Peter’s where the hosts played a large chunk of the game with 10 men.

Fourth-placed Rovers are also on nine points after winning by the only goal in Alderney while Rangers registered their second victory of the season by beating Bels 2-1.

• Match report in Monday's Guernsey Press.