Guernsey Press

Green Lions will have ‘a real go’ at leaders

The Isthmian South Central leaders will not be relishing taking on an in-form Guernsey FC at Footes Lane tomorrow, according to GFC record goalscorer Ross Allen.

Ross Allen in action at Footes Lane earlier this season. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin, 33051491)

Chertsey Town are six points clear at the top of the table and have lost just once in the league this season, but they have drawn their last two, including a goalless encounter on Saturday with Northwood, who are now below the Green Lions after their 4-0 victory at Corinthian-Casuals on the same afternoon.

‘It’ll be a bit of a free hit for us on Wednesday,’ Allen said on this week’s episode of the Guernsey Press Football Podcast.

‘They’re not going to want to come up against a team that’s flying high, fresh on some good form.

‘So it’ll be exciting, if we can get a good crowd down there, to go toe-to-toe with them, give it a real good go.

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‘Ultimately if it doesn’t go our way, we’ve got other home games coming up thick and fast to try and keep us on this good momentum.’

Allen added that ‘in a funny way’ it was nice that he was not among the goalscorers on Saturday and that he is enjoying seeing the younger players growing in stature.

‘It was fun to lead the boys on the weekend and it’s just so exciting to see some of the players we’ve got coming through – and the potential coming through below them,’ he said.

‘We’ve still got some experienced leaders in the group, but it’s time for these younger guys to set the tone now.

‘It’s a good, exciting time for the club with the stadium on the horizon, of course.’

As part of a collaboration between the GFA Academy and Guernsey Schools, Allen was also part of the coaching team who oversaw a 1-0 win for the Sarnians in the U11 Muratti in Jersey on Sunday in what he called ‘a great occasion’.

‘I think win, lose or draw it would have been a great step in their development and some experience for them,’ he said.

‘But all in all, I think anyone who was there would have said we did deserve the the victory, so delighted for the boys. They put in such hard work, over the last few months especially, to get ready for this game.

‘It’s the start of an exciting journey for them in Guernsey football.’

Guernsey FC v Chertsey Town kicks off at 7.45pm tomorrow at Footes Lane.

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