GUERNSEY REVIEW NOVEMBER 2018
An almost football free start to the month with only one fixture scheduled for the opening Saturday. This was in the Rossborough FA Cup with Belgrave Wanderers defeating Railway League side BW Rangers 6-2 after extra time after the scores were level at two apiece at the end of ninety minutes. Four League matches the following weekend and despite the top three teams being involved the table remained unchanged. On the Friday night in awful weather Rangers beat Vale Rec by the odd goal in five with both sides finishing with ten men and the following day saw Belgrave Wanderers remain at the foot of the table after going down three one at Sylvans. At the other end of the table it was a case of as you were Rovers were held to a three all draw on their own ground by Northerners – the latter were two nil up at one stage – while ALDERNEY remained unbeaten after a one all draw at St Martins. A more than creditable result but a game the visitors could have won. A Josh Concanen free kick gave them the lead ten minutes after the break and Alderney dominated the game overall at Blanche Pierre Lane but the second goal would not come and the hosts scrambled an equaliser eight minutes from time. St Martins also introduced ex-Olympic 400m runner and decathlete Dale Garland from the subs bench and even at 38 his pace was troublesome. Two matches in the following midweek, both of which affected the top of the table. At Northfields on Tuesday, a seven goal thriller with all the goals coming in the second half, saw Manzur defeat Rovers four three after being three up at one stage, while in the other game a Dominic Heaume hat trick helped St Martins to a four nil victory over Belgrave Wanderers at The Track and sent them three points clear at the top of the table. We were back in action on the 1th, albeit after a much delayed flight to Guernsey, with a visit to UCF Sylvans at St Peter and we maintained our unbeaten record and second place in the table with a three one victory courtesy of goals from Ross Benfield, John Adamson and Marian State. Two points behind St Martins with a game in hand – and as before, credit to all concerned. There were three fixtures scheduled for midweek but only one played – the two games at Northfields presumably falling foul of the weather – but in the one that was completed a five nil win for Rovers at Rangers took them to the top of the table on goal difference. Chezney Payne scored three of the five goals.
Saturday 24th November and the dream has died – but hopefully to be resurrected in the future. Alderney faced League leaders St Martins at Mount Hale knowing that a win would maintain their unbeaten record and, more importantly, take them to the top of the Priaulx Table for the first time in their history. But it was not to be as St Martins scored twice in the second half to take the spoils and move three points clear of Rovers, whose game was postponed, and five points ahead of Alderney though we still have one game in hand.
There are still two games to be played in November but neither involve Alderney so they can be included in the December review. We have three scheduled fixtures in December as follows:-
December 1st Rovers (away) another tough one
December 8th Manzur (HOME)
December 15th Northerners (away)
and then there are no more fixtures until the New Year so there will be one more review before the festive season is upon us.