14th November 2020
Alderney Nomads v St Martins AC
Kindly sponsored by Linda & Leslie Aldis
Match report – Priaulx league
Alderney Nomads 1 St Martins AC 0
Alderney Nomads welcomed Channel ITV Sports presenter Tony Curr to Mount Hale on Saturday, and put on a performance worthy of the cameras to upset Priaulx title contenders St Martin’s. The Saints have held an edge over the Nomads in recent seasons but this time Alderney came out on top against the form book. The Nomads win was based on a strong performance by its defence which coped with everything Saints threw at it during the 90 mins and extensive injury time.
The only goal of the game came early, after 9 minutes when after a scramble in the Saints penalty area following a Nomads corner, the ball fell to Ciaran Stretton who rifled it over the keeper into the net. The game ebbed and flowed in the first half without either side taking control; chances were limited with dead ball situations, plenty of Saints corners and long throw- ins posing the greatest threat. Alderney’s defending was immense lead stalwartly by captain Ross Benfield, and on occasions some neat interchanges between the industrious John Adamson, and youngsters Liam Connor, Owen Carre. New signing Liam Gaughan appeared to fit in well with his new team mates playing in centre midfield, displayed some accurate ball play and neat touches.
Half-Time arrived with the Nomads retaining their slender lead but expecting a Saints onslaught in the second half.
Half Time Alderney 1 St Martins AC 0
Saints did step up a gear after the interval and Alderney keeper James Taylor was forced to make some very good saves, on one occasion a quick reflexes double stop to thwart an attack. John Adamson cleared a shot off the line in the opening exchanges and Ross Benfield stood tall in a back three that performed heroically. It looked like Alderney might struggle to hold out, but then halfway through the second half a couple of events changed the course of the match. First Saints midfielder Callum Le Lacheur was shown a green card followed by a red card for dissent towards match officials then his teammate Ben Coulter soon followed he was also given a red card for a late and high tackle on Ross Benfield. The nine men of Saints continued to press for an equaliser despite their numerical disadvantage but couldn’t muster the same threat they had with a full complement. They naturally left themselves open to counter attacks from which Alderney should have generated more scoring chances, a final pass often going astray. Shots and off target from John Adamson, Owen Carre, Jack Williams and Corky, didn’t really test Saints keeper Jack Hamon. Michael Crowley came on for Liam Connor and Matt Aldcroft for Jack Williams to solidify the Nomads defence, as they sought to preserve their lead.
As time wound down, Liam Gaughan broke free only to brought down by the Saints keeper who escaped with a yellow card when many in the crowd were expecting a red. The Alderney free kick was blazed over the bar as was a final chance for Saints. The game finished 1-0 to Alderney, an unexpected win that owed something to good fortune but a lot to tenacity, courage and resolute defending.
Attendance 95 plus two dogs
Team: JT, Andy Adamson, Josh Concanen, Ross Benfield (c), John Adamson, Liam Connor, Liam Gaughan, Josh McCulloch, Ciaran Stretton, Owen Carre, Jack Williams Subs: Dean Carre, Matt Aldcroft, Mikey Crowley.
Alderney’s Man of the Match James Taylor, player sponsor DHS
Alderney’s next home game will be not until February 13th v Northerners AC kick off 13.00 sponsored by The Campania Inn