October 5th Alderney Nomads v St Martins AC
Kindly sponsored The Campania Inn
Match report – Priaulx league
The Nomads were looking to continue their recent good form, following victories during September’s ‘double header’ games v Manzur and Rovers. Last seasons Priaulx champions were the visitors to a drizzly afternoon at the arsenal ground. Alderney were missing Ricky Moore & Ciaran Stretton from the squad, but in come experienced Damien Larkin for his first appearance on home turf this season and Matt Aldcroft into defence. Both teams set up playing 3-4-3 formations, coach Josh hoping that both John Adamson and Joe Blackham can find the space they had in recent weeks. It was a tense somewhat noneventful first quarter of the game both sides looking for any weaknesses, the Saints had the first attempt on goal from a crowded penalty area, which was straight at keeper JT. Alderney’s first sight of goal came soon after Josh Concanen found some space central to goal 30 yards out his accurate shot was well saved by Jason Martin and tipped around the post for the first corner of the game. A hefty challenge on forward Ross Benfield led to a free kick in a great position for the home team, a brilliant training ground move nearly resulted in an attempt on goal following a short pass to Dante Walker, clearly everyone one was expecting a Josh direct shot. As the drizzle came down both sides were defending well with Saints players Le Lacheur and Heaume looking comfortable on the ball in midfield. Approaching half time another speculative 30yard shot just missed the target from Jermaine Parry he connected well with his half volley. Alderney were slowly beginning to press and looking more the creative of the two teams, however it was Saints that came close to breaking the deadlock as a deflected shot by Heaume rattles the cross bar. George Mason did have the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for offside. A half with little clear-cut chances both teams appearing to cancel each other out, the home support discussing a draw looking the most likely result.
Half Time 0-0
The game starts with another JT kick going into touch he was looking to find the busy John Adamson. Saints found themselves in Alderney’s 18-yard box, captain Benfield had to clear the ball very close to the gaol line. As the game seemed to be following the pattern of the first half influential Damien Larkin went on the attack beating a few players, showing good skill, but his shot was blocked out, the ball fell to Dante Walker who’s shot from outside the area was well struck and equally saved by Martin. As the pace of the game showed signs of increasing Alderney’s captain gave a way a free kick in the home teams half he was booked for pulling back his player, the ball was sent into the box which caused a little panic with Parry’s header falling to the unmarked Heaume who easily beat JT from close range 0-1. Much to the disappointment of the home support who were hoping for a repeat of the entertaining Rovers game. The goal appeared to rock the home team, with the game then was littered with free kicks and bookings 4 for Alderney 3 for Saints and the indiscipline which was often obvious in last season’s home games reappearing. Alderney continued to press to try and find an equaliser, Larkin and Josh both seeking that pass that would release the in-form Blackham and Walker. With both teams making substitutes Alderney switched their frontline with youngster Carre and veteran Blondie going up front, it was Walker that beat his marker and found some space down in the left hand corner his superb cross came so close to the advancing Blondie and Parry, but off side intervened much to the frustration of the home support. So, the game ended a satisfying result for last season’s champions and disappointment for the Nomads a similar outcome to last season’s fixture here at the arsenal. Much of the discussion in the clubhouse was that a draw would have been a fair result St Martins certainly did a thorough job on the home team.
Unofficial attendance 91 + 2 dogs
Team: James Taylor, Josh Concanen, Ross Benfield (c), Steve Concanen, Matt Aldcroft, John Adamson, Damien Larkin, Lee McCormack, Jermaine Parry, Dante Walker, Joe Blackham, Subs Owen Carre, Andrew Lawrence, Lee Renouf and keeper Jamie Laband
Alderney’s Man of the Damien Larkin kindly sponsored the Campania Inn, player sponsor R.E.M Carpets
Alderney’s next home game next Saturday October 12th v UCF Sylvans kindly sponsored by an anonymous donor, kick off 13.00
Your support would be very welcome again.