Last months Review ended with two games at the end of November, neither of which involved Alderney, being carried forward to this Review. In the event neither game was played. The Manzur/Northerners clash was postponed, presumably because of the weather, but the other game between Vale Recreation and the League leaders St. Martins, was awarded to the latter, again presumably, because the home side could not raise a team. So, three rather gift points which made an Alderney victory on the opening Saturday of the month rather imperative and thankfully that was the case. Two goals in the first half at Port Soif from Dante Walker and Marian State put Alderney in control, a dismissal of a home player “helped” and the goal conceded in stoppage time did not affect the final result. However, whilst the three points were welcome, they fade in to insignificance when set against the injury to Andrew Adamson in the closing minutes of the match. Sadly, Andrew Adamson suffered a fractured leg and we all wish him a full and speedy recovery. On a day when a large amount of football in the South of England fell foul of the weather it was good to get the game played though Belgrave Wanderers and Rangers were not so lucky at The Track.
Two games scheduled in midweek but only one played as the weather continued to interfere. Vale Rec beat Manzur two nil, but St Martins were denied the chance to move further ahead in the table when their game with Rangers was postponed. Three matches on Saturday that all ended in the points being shared and produced only two goals. Alderney, without the injured Andrew Adamson and the suspended duo of Jermaine Parry and Josh Concanen, failed to break down a resolute Manzur defence at Mount Hale in appalling weather conditions – credit to all concerned for getting the match both played and finished – and the game ended goalless and there was a similar result and outcome between St Sylvans and Northerners. The game between Rovers and St Martins, played in equally awful weather at Port Soif, ended with a goal and a point for each side so the League table was not affected in any way. One fixture scheduled for midweek that saw another goalless draw for Northerners, this time at home to Vale Recreation before the weather interfered again on the Saturday. Our game at Northerners was postponed as was the match at The Track between Belgrave Wanderers and Manzur whilst in the only game that did take place Rangers and Sylvans shared four goals and the points.
With these the last scheduled fixtures for 2018 the year finished on a damp note in terms of the weather but with Alderney occupying a highly creditable second place in the table, five points behind St, Martins with a game in hand. It is also perhaps worth pointing out that we start 2019 with 27 points to our name which is just one fewer than the total accumulated for the whole of last season which is remarkable progress.
Since there is no more football until the New Year this is the final Review of 2018 so may I finish by wishing all connected with Alderney Football Club – officials, players and supporters alike– a very Happy Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year.
Written by John Gorman