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GUERNSEY REVIEW – SEPTEMBER

By 4th October 2018 No Comments

An impressive, heart warming and welcome start to the League season for Alderney on the first day of September with a three all draw and a point – which on the day could easily have been three – at Northerners, never an easy place to get a result, We were defeated twice at Northfields last season though we did win the home encounter after coming from a goal down. Despite having the larger share of possession and looking the more dangerous throughout the opening half, it was stoppage time before we had any reward when Ciaran Stretton finished off a neat move. One nil at the break but the scores were level within minutes of the re-start when a shot was deflected past James Taylor. Northerners built on this with a second goal and we had to withstand a bout of home pressure before winning a corner from which Ross Benfield was bundled over in the box and got up to convert the spot kick. Parity only lasted for sixty seconds as the home side added a third but our side, aided by a couple of shrewd substitutions, refused to accept defeat and a superb twenty five yard strike – already a contender for goal of the season – from Dante Walker brought the scores level on the brink of stoppage time. This was a first class performance and result which bodes well for the season ahead. Surprisingly, even at this early stage in the season, nobody has a one hundred per cent record which suggests an interesting few months ahead.
Seven days later and our first home game, one of four League matches played on the day, and the visit of Rangers FC to Mount Hale. Last year the three meetings between the Clubs resulted in a win apiece and a goalless draw so it was good to start this season’s home campaign with a win courtesy of a single goal from Dante Walker. Four points from two games leaves us in sixth place in the table but, with one exception, all the other sides have played more games. On the same day there were wins for St Martins, Rovers and Northerners with the latter defeating Belgrave Wanderers 12-1 which suggests another season of struggle for the latter.
No League matches on the middle Saturday of the month but wo Guernsey sides went down to Jersey opposition in the Wheway Memorial Trophy – St. Martins 2-0 at Rozel Rovers and Rovers by a heavier margin, 5-1 at St Peters.
The following weekend saw four League matches completed though we were not in action with wins for Manzur, St Martins (7-1 over Vale Rec.) Rangers (6-1 over Belgrave Wanderers) and Rovers leaving St Martins topping the table.
If it was a good start to the month in Alderney’s eyes then the end of the month was even better. Just two games League played on the last weekend, both involving Alderney, and two superb victories. At a slightly chilly Track on Friday evening Belgrave Wanderers were beaten three nil and less than twenty four hours later at a pleasantly sunny Northfield came a two goal victory over Manzur with Marian Staite claiming both goals. The table therefore makes happy reading with Alderney sitting proudly in second place with ten points out of twelve. October will be difficult with four away games but for the present well done to all involved for putting the Club in such a happy position.