3rd April 2021 Alderney Nomads v UCF Sylvans
Kindly sponsored by Ashley Foster
Match report – Priaulx league
Alderney Nomads 0 UCF Sylvans 1
Football made a return to the island on Saturday, the Nomads supporters had not seen them in action since last November and witnessed that fine victory over St Martins. On a chilly afternoon at the Arsenal our lads were beaten by an early solitary goal from Sylvans 17-year-old midfielder Harvey Lihou in a scrappy game where defences dominated. Alderney competed well, but never really looked like clawing back the deficit and the two second half sending offs effectively killed their chances of getting anything out of the game.
Nomads gave a home debut to Ryan Wesley, playing up front number 9, but he failed to make an impact on this occasion and was substituted at half-time. Sylvans started the stronger with some threatening moves down their left flank. After eight minutes Nomads’ midfielder Jermaine Parry was booked for a clumsy challenge before the defining moment of the game a few minutes later. A needless corner conceded after a Josh Concanen stumble bobbled around in the Alderney goalmouth; a shot hit the post before Lihou stabbed the ball home. 0-1 Sylvans.
Alderney’s first real attack came after 13 minutes when a Dante Walker cross was deflected for a corner. He mustered their first shot a goal just before the half-hour mark after a smart turn, but in truth there wasn’t much to cheer the shivering and sizeable crowd of over 130 people. Nomads came more into the game in the 15 minutes before the half, winning a few corners and enjoying a fair share of the possession, playing some decent football. Alderney’s best chance fell to defender Andy Adamson after a corner on 30 minutes, but Andy’ shot from the edge of the six-yard box was easily repelled (the ball fell to him by surprise). Jermaine hit a long shot on 40 minutes but it failed to trouble the Sylvans keeper.
Half-time 0-1 Sylvans and time for a hot drink and welcome food (including warm hot cross buns) to warm everyone up.
Alderney continued to press at the start of the second half with Owen Carre substituting for Ryan Wesley in attack for Alderney. Owen provided an immediate spark and looked lively however he was promptly booked for not standing more than ten yards away from a Sylvans free kick, a misdemeanor he was to regret half-way through the second period when an ill-timed lunge brought him a second booking and an unfortunate red card. He was followed ten minutes later by Jermaine whose second yellow card earned him the same fate. Another blow for the Nomads. Alderney still competed well with nine men and even earned a couple of corners, but gaps naturally started to appear at the back and they were indebted to a number of good saves by JT in goal on one on ones with Sylvans forwards. Nomads made substitutions in the last ten minutes to relieve tired legs, Jack Williams coming on for Dante and Dean Carre for Andy, but the game had drifted away. The Sylvans goal remained intact without any real scares. Full Time: Alderney Nomads 0 UCF Sylvans 1
A spirited effort by Nomads but one that lacked any cutting edge even with eleven men, and the suspensions for next week make the away game at Vale Recreation that much harder with a depleted squad. The Nomads Man of the Match awarded by Alan Foster & Gareth Foster on behalf of Ashley was Ross Benfield kindly sponsored by Michelle Benfield
Attendance 133 plus one dog
Team: JT, Andy Adamson, Josh Concanen, Ross Benfield (c), John Adamson, Liam Connor, Josh McCulloch, Jermaine Parry, Ciaran Stretton, Ryan Wesley, Dante Walker Subs: Owen Carre, Dean Carre, Jack Williams, Mikey Crowley.
Alderney’s Man of the Match Ross Benfield, player sponsor Michelle Benfield
Alderney’s next home April 17th v Belgrave Wanderers kick off 13.00 sponsored by John Tutty