Guernsey Press

Nerves did kick in for Vikings captain

Just what is it like to kick a match-winning penalty in the last minute of arguably the biggest game in Vikings history?

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St Jacques Vikings captain Matt Lomas kicks for goal against Sandown & Shanklin. (Picture by Martin Gray,, 33065907)

On the outside Matt Lomas might have appeared ice cold as he slotted over the three points to seal his side’s nail-biting 29-27 over league leaders Sandown & Shanklin at Footes Lane, but on the inside the butterflies were fluttering like never before.

‘To say I was nervous is going to be an understatement, I was absolutely “bricking it” to be honest,’ said the St Jacques captain.

‘I told the lads “just don’t speak to me on this kick please”, because I was very nervous.

‘What a great feeling though – but it wasn’t just my kick that won us the game, it was everyone’s effort in the 80 minutes before that as well.

‘That was a great shift from the boys, in tough conditions as well, winning by such a narrow victory, it’s just brilliant. All the boys were absolutely buzzing with the result, it was a cracking win for us.

‘We beat [the side] top of the league at home, in front of a packed ground as well, it’s absolutely brilliant. You couldn’t get any better days than this.’

While the victory was an important step in their push for promotion, third-placed Vikings still have four big games to play in this league campaign if they are to achieve their ambition.

‘Obviously this was a target game and we’ve ticked that one off, so that’s brilliant,’ Lomas said.

‘We’re going to take every game as it comes, we’re going to treat every opposition as a must-win because it is really, if we want to get promoted for the next season.’