Guernsey Press

GFC win for first time since opening day

Guernsey FC have that winning feeling back.

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Guernsey celebrate Jame Dodd's opening goal. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 32752511)

Having not picked up three points since the opening day of the Isthmian South Central season, the Green Lions registered their second victory of the campaign on Saturday as they deservedly won 3-0 against 10-man Uxbridge.

However, a serious injury to visiting striker Bernard Mensah in the 73rd minute, which caused the game to be suspended for almost 50 minutes, meant the result was met with muted celebration rather than jubilation.

‘Firstly I hope I hope the fella’s all right,’ said GFC manager Tony Vance referencing Mensah after the game.

‘It was a nasty injury for him, not nice, and obviously it kind of stopped the momentum and flow that we’d built up because I thought we were excellent, bar 5-10 minutes just before half-time – when they went down to 10 men, funnily enough – and we were all over the place. While we defended well, it was emergency defending, we lost our way and they had a real go.

‘So great character to sort of hold on at 1-0 at half time, but I wasn’t very pleased because we got ourselves into a really good position. I thought we’d been in control pretty much and we’d lost focus a little bit for that 10 minutes.

‘Second half – brilliant. As I said, it was in some ways it was unfortunate that the game got stopped because it stopped the flow, otherwise, to be honest, I think we would have scored more.’

Jamie Dodd’s header had given GFC the lead before Lewis Pegg was sent off in the 35th minute for a dangerous challenge on Josh Addison.

After the break, Matt Loaring doubled the home side’s lead before Owen Wallbridge added a third with the aid of a deflection.

‘I think he got five deflections and was claiming it,’ joked Vance. ‘But you have to pull the trigger and that was part of the team talk. We haven’t been doing it enough, statistically we’re poor with the number of shots we have, so today was good and, as I said, it was a really good performance. Also, I think Josh deserved his clean sheet today with some good saves.’

• Match report in Monday's Guernsey Press