Guernsey Press

Rec can open a four-point gap at top of Priaulx League

VALE REC have the chance to go four points clear at the top of the FNB Priaulx League tomorrow as they play Alderney in this weekend’s only domestic game.

Keanu Marsh is fit to return for Vale Rec against Alderney having picked up a knock in the Grand Fort Road derby last month. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 32600807)

Mark Romeril’s men are unbeaten so far this campaign, though they did stumble away at Alderney in their last fixture, ending their 100% record in the division as they were held to a 1-1 draw.

‘It was a disappointing game a few weeks back, it was just one of those days,’ said Romeril.

‘Every game is a test, though, and going to Alderney is always unique.

‘We scored late to equalise but should have won the game, so ultimately it’s points dropped.

Alderney scorer Liam Connor is mobbed by his teammates after the Nomads became the first side to score against Vale Rec in the Priaulx League this season in their 1-1 draw last month. (Picture by David Nash, 32672093)

‘The incentive is there for us this weekend to get the job done because we can go further clear at the top of the league, and we have to back ourselves to beat them at home.

‘We’re enjoying things at the moment but we have to get three points on Saturday because every game is a must win.

‘We definitely will not underestimate Alderney because they played well against us and I’m sure that they’ll pick up more points this year.

'They turned it into their sort of game, so this time we have to make it our game and dominate the ball.

‘We should have the better players, but will not take anything for granted because we respect every team in this league.’

Romeril expects Keanu Marsh, Sam Le Huray and Ed Mason to all return from injury, with former Alderney striker Joe Blackham pushing for selection after he was injured in the pre-season Rawlinson Cup.

Alderney have some selection issues, with Liam Connor injured and the squad also impacted by suspensions and holidays.

The Nomads will be leaning heavily on their club partners from CF Independant.

Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to kick off at 2pm at the Corbet Field, but weather conditions are expected to see the fixture move to the KGV 3G.