Happy New Year to all.
We returned to football at last on the opening Saturday of the New Year (and Decade) and marked the occasion with our best win for some time in terms of goals scored. Rangers are having a poor season but with all respect there is an old footballing phrase “you can only beat what is in front of you” and that was achieved to the tune of six one. Three goals for Ross Benfield and one apiece for Joe Blackham, Lee Renouf and sixteen years old Owen Carre, his first at that level. With St Martins and Northerners also winning – the latter played on the Sunday – there was no real change to the table, but Northerners have games in hand. Just one League game played on the 11th but a significant result as Northerners won three two at St Martins and now look to be in a position where they can be considered favourites for the title and it certainly adds to their forthcoming visit to Alderney. Mention of a Cup result in fairness to Belgrave Wanderers who have not enjoyed the best of fortunes over recent seasons so a nine one win over Guernsey Rangers Veterans will be something of a morale boost. Still very little football being played with only two League games scheduled for Saturday 18th and one of those, between Rovers and Rangers was postponed. This left our vital match against Northerners, which despite all efforts, did not go our way. The visitors opened the scoring just before the break, a Josh Concanen free kick bought the scores level (though perhaps the goalkeeper could have done better) but almost immediately Northerners scored a second and with the loss of Josh we could not find the equaliser, the result leaving Northerners in pole position for the Title.
The following week, when we were without a game, Northerners strengthened their position further with two wins in three days beating both Vale Rec and Belgrave Wanderers by two goals to one and with St Martins also not in action they now lead the table by eight points having played one game more. Still matches to play but it is probably theirs to lose now. As this is written there are two more matches to be played in January, neither of which will affect the top of the table before we are in action again on the opening day of February when Rovers visit Mount Hale and hopefully we will return to winning ways.