GUERNSEY Priaulx League REVIEW MARCH
A slow start to the month with only two games on the opening Saturday, one of which saw us defeat Vale Recreation two goals to one at Mount Hale. No goals in the first half but after the break Ciaran Stretton gave us the lead but Rec quickly levelled things and it was back to square one. Josh Concanen thumped a header against the bar on the re-start before Ciaran scored the winner, the second game in succession ne has scored twice, The other game saw Manzur and Sylvans share four goals and the points so we remain in second place in the table with a game in hand on St Martins, but we do have a much inferior goal difference. The 9th March saw us draw level on points with St Martins after our single goal victory over Manzur at a very windy Mount Hale courtesy of an early goal from skipper Ross Benfield. The game was rather marred by the weather but overall the result was right though the home side breathed a sigh of relief when a late Manzur effort struck the crossbar. The records of St. Martins and Alderney are identical but the first named have a far superior goal difference. Elsewhere Rovers dropped two points at home to Sylvans and Northerners won by the odd goal in five at Vale Rec.
So, to the middle week of the month, and a momentous week for Alderney FC, with five matches played between the 12th and the 16th. It was a good week for Rangers who beat Vale Rec at home before winning at Sylvans while Vale Rec also picked up a point at home to Rovers. Belgrave Wanderers remain rooted at the bottom after a four two defeat at Manzur, but it was Alderney who took the headlines with a three on win over Northerners at a windy Mount Hale that took them to the top of table for the first time in their history. Northerners could only muster a bare eleven players and the fact that they travelled is appreciated. Good to see an increase in the attendance as well (including an extra dog from last week!) As is becoming a welcome habit Alderney scored early in the game through Jermaine Parry and held the lead until half time. After the break Marian State continued the early goal “habit” by adding a second inside two minutes before Dante Walker made the game safe and ensured the following outcome: –
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The Title now looks a two-horse race, but things can change in football.
Having taken one big step in topping the League table Alderney could not quite manage a follow up by reaching the Muratti Final but it certainly was not for the want of trying. After a delayed start Alderney battled all the way against their more experienced opposition, three of whom have represented the England “C” side, but fell to a goal in each half, the second a penalty for handball which just could have been outside the area. Every player in a blue shirt was a hero and their efforts fully appreciated by a crowd of around four hundred who played their part along with the team and management in “doing the Island proud”.
Whilst Alderney were involved in the Muratti St Martins regained top position in the table courtesy of two wins in the week – three two over Vale Rec and three one at St Sylvans – but we now have a game in hand and are three points behind. Another game in midweek saw Rovers win twelve nil at Belgrave Wanderers, a result that does nobody, the Clubs, League or spectators any favours. There were two hat tricks for Rovers plus four from Blair Howitt. Bot Rangers and St Sylvans won in midweek before the final Saturday of the month and a disappointing day for Alderney as we went down three nil at home to Northerners, our heaviest defeat of the season. Perhaps some decisions did not go in our favour on the day, but Northerners are a decent side. On the same day Rovers beat Rangers by the same scoreline but more importantly St Martins scored four without reply against Belgrave Wanderers and they now have a six-point advantage at the top of the table but Alderney having a game in hand. Six points from our double header at the start of April could make the final game of the season, away to St Martins, very interesting.