After a three-week gap for Christmas and the New Year the Priaulx League re-commenced in the first week of January with three games on the Friday evening and one – ours – on the Saturday. Northerners beat the luckless Belgrave Wanderers six one – the latter have now conceded fifty-five goals in the League so far – and wins for our nearest rivals at the top of the table, St. Martins and Rovers over Sylvans and Vale Rec, respectively, meant there was some pressure on us come Saturday afternoon. Happily, the side responded very positively with a two-goal victory over Rangers at St Georges in what was described by the Press as a bruising battle. Ross Benfield and Marian State scored the goals and whilst the opposition had a player dismissed late on, they were full of respect via Twitter after the game. The result means we are in second pace in the table – five points behind St Martins with a game in hand – and a point ahead of Rovers, the three Clubs having opened up a gap on the rest of the League. However, with most, if not all, of the rest of the month devoted to Cup Competitions, those positions may not change very much in the near future.
The remainder of the month was largely devoted to Cup fixtures – more of those later – but there were three further League matches fitted in to the second half in of the month, all of which had a bearing on the table. Leaders St. Martins dropped two points when they were held to a one all draw by Northerners at Northfields and Rovers beat Belgrave Wanderers four one. St Martins then got back to winning ways with a five-nil win over Rangers leaving the top three positions in the table reading as follows at the Month end.: –
St Martins P16 39 pts
Rovers P15 32 pts
Alderney P13 30 pts
Then there is a seven-point gap to fourth place.
There have also been a handful of matches in something called the William Stranger Cup which is a Charity Competition involving ten Clubs who are split in to two groups of five. Each team in the group plays the other sides once on a points basis with the highest two in each group being the eventual semi-finalists. At this early stage Rovers and Guernsey Under 18 are leading the way in their respective groups.
Finally, commiserations to Alderney FC and Josh Concanen on missing out on the Top Awards at the Betway Awards evening but congratulations to both on reaching the nomination stage and to the winners on the evening.