Robins flying south

TWO YEARS ago Alex Scott was eyeing a place in the Guernsey FC attack in the Isthmian South-East League.

Alex Scott, right, playing for Bristol City against Reading. (Picture by JMP UK)
Alex Scott, right, playing for Bristol City against Reading. (Picture by JMP UK)

This afternoon as his former Green Lions team-mates make their Isthmian South Central bow against visiting Sutton Common Rovers, Scott will be likely wearing an England shirt as part of the national U19s in an annual friendly tournament in Marbella.

Scott played 90 minutes as England slipped to a 3-1 defeat against France on Wednesday in the first of their three games in Spain this month.

Ian Foster’s team are preparing for next month’s Uefa U19 Euro qualifiers in Sweden and came up against a French side doing likewise.

France took a first-half lead via Ismael Doukoure which they held on to until the break, only for Aston Villa’s Aaron Ramsey to level things up midway through the second half.

But two quickfire late goals from Elye Wahi turned the game back in the favour of France in what was a well-contested encounter.

The Young Lions face Mexico today in their second game of the tournament and Belgium on Tuesday.

Ironically, while one young Robin flies south another, on- loan goalkeeper James Walker, does likewise to bolster the Green Lions for today’s big game for which assistant coach Steve Sharman says is that the mood is ‘very buoyant’ but asked that the fans show some patience as the club’s history shows that the GFC players have periods of nervousness playing in front of their home crowd.

‘We need the supporters to recognise firstly the fun and enjoyment of coming back to watch football, [but] to be mindful that there has been a significant period of time we haven’t played...’

England U19s team v France: Tobi Oluwayemi (Celtic), Daniel Oyegoke (Brentford), Callum Doyle (Sunderland), Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), Ronnie Edwards (Peterborough United), Jamal Baptiste (West Ham), Lewis Dobbin (Everton), Alex Scott (Bristol City), Dane Scarlett (Spurs), Shola Shoretire (Man. Utd), Harvey Vale (Chelsea).

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