Guernsey Press

‘Massive’ matches ahead this month

Rovers came up with an immediate response after Vale Rec increased their lead in the FNB Priaulx League on Friday without kicking a ball.

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Luke Ogier, who set Rovers on their way to victory with the opening goal against Rangers, rises for a header at the KGV. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 32936968)

With Bels unable to field a side, Mark Romeril’s side were awarded a 3-0 win to increase their cushion to five points for the best part of 24 hours.

However, the champions began a busy month with a 4-0 victory over Rangers at the KGV on Saturday afternoon to draw back within two points as the top-flight approaches the business end of the season.

‘We’ve got seven games in February, so it’s every Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday,’ said Rovers coach Kevin Gillease.

‘It’s pretty relentless and the fixtures are tough.

‘We’ve got North, Sylvans, Rec and Saints all in a row, they’re massive games and we’re just delighted to start with three points and no injuries and a fit squad.

‘We look forward to the rest of the month.’

Gillease was also pleased to give both Aidan McKay and Sam Hall a run-out off the bench as they return to bolster the ranks for the run in.

On an eventful weekend for the Priaulx League, only two games of the scheduled four went ahead as travel disruption prevented St Martin’s from travelling to Alderney on Saturday.

At St Peter’s, previously goal-shy Northerners scored three in the first 18 minutes to take control against Sylvans on their way to a 4-1 victory.

Craig Young gave the chocolate-and-blues the lead from the penalty spot before Keene Domaille and Ben Wilson scored in quick succession.

Tomos Ap Sion briefly reduced the deficit, but Tom de la Mare hit back almost immediately to complete the scoring 10 minutes before half-time.

• Rangers v Rovers report in Monday’s Guernsey Press.