GUERNSEY ROUND UP – November
A month with vey few scheduled fixtures and they were reduced by one when the only game on the opening Saturday, between Belgrave Wanderers and Vale Recreation was postponed, presumably due to the weather which, if it was anything like that experienced on the mainland South Coast would have been perfectly understandable. One game in midweek with Vale Rec defeating Rangers by five goals to one but both League games on Remembrance Saturday were postponed as the weather held sway again. Alderney travelled to Jersey to meet St Pauls in the semi final of the Wheway Cup and went down by the odd goal in five in an entertaining game given the weather conditions. Goals by Ross Benfield – a smart finish – and a fine individual effort from Josh Blackham kept us in the game but we were always playing catch-up. St Pauls have long been at the forefront of Jersey Football, are League Champions and even the advent of the successful Jersey Bulls does not seem to have affected them. A good performance by Alderney which shows again that we can compete, and compete well, at this level. Very little football on the middle weekend with allowance perhaps made for the Inter League Cup fixture with the Dorset Premier League. This was played at the Track in testing conditions and resulted in a defeat by the worse possible method – the penalty shoot-out. The scores were level at three apiece after extra time with Dorset going through five four after the penalties. The fourth Saturday of the month saw Alderney without a fixture whilst St Martins scored the only goal of the game at Vale Rec and Manzur scored seven at the luckless Rangers who now have a goal difference of minus forty-four. Alderney still lead the table by a point from St Martins with the crunch match between the two sides fast approaching. There were more games played in the last week of the month than expected, given the weather, but also some postponed. Our own match with St. Martins was switched to the all-weather pitch at the KGV and sadly again one second half goal proved enough to dent our hopes on the day the result leaves Alderney one point behind St Martins though we have played one game more. Our scheduled fixture with Northerners on the 7th December has already been postponed because of the pitch conditions and, though I stand to be corrected. we have no further League fixtures this year.
On a slightly different note how nice to read of young Ayla Lord’s persistence and progress with her football and may it long continue.
So, with December now with us a very Happy Christmas to all connected with Alderney Football Club.