Guernsey Press

Green Lions ‘completely stretched’ this week

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance admitted that ‘costly errors’ made the difference on Saturday afternoon as his team fell to a 4-1 defeat at home to in-form Leatherhead.

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A numbers game for the Green Lions: Guernsey FC could find themselves struggling for numbers this week because of both injuries and Saturday's Muratti semi-final in Alderney. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 33065475)

The Green Lions were also well beaten last Wednesday, with the league’s top side Chertsey Town running riot at Footes Lane to win 6-2.

‘We made three errors against Leatherhead that gave them three goals out of their four, which came off the back of the Chertsey game where we gave them five goals,’ said Vance.

‘I thought that we competed really well in both of those games, which shows that we’re getting there, but when we’re giving them goals it’s really difficult to get a result.

‘We did not have Charlton [Gauvain] or Owen [Wallbridge] on Saturday, which did not help us either as they are both such a big part of our game and how we play.

‘I wish we could have had a full group for those games because I think it would have been a different story.’

GFC are now gearing up to play their third home game in the space of eight days, as they host the mid-table Hanworth Villa tomorrow evening.

‘The next week is going to be a big challenge for us because we’re completely stretched now,’ said Vance.

‘The Muratti semi-final on Saturday means we’ll be completely stretched for the Uxbridge game on the same day, and Muratti rules say players cannot play other games in the six days in the lead up to that game which could mean we’re really short on Wednesday, too.

‘The Muratti coaches can release players to play so we’ll be working with Zico [Ryan-Zico Black] and Mez [Dave Merris] to see what we can do, but our hands are pretty tied unfortunately.

‘We’ll be giving it everything we have got, though, and we are confident playing against anyone.

‘We are definitely having a little bit of a wobble because of the last two results and the personnel available now, but we will not shy away from the challenge.

‘We will have to wait and see if we can get a bit more help for Wednesday because right now we only have 12. However Saturday will be a different kettle of fish.’

The Green Lions remain 14th in the Isthmian South Central division table due to other results going their way at the weekend, although they now sit six points adrift of Ascot United, who are one place above them in the league.