Guernsey 6-2 Staines Town
Smith 5’; Dodd 10’; Allen 18’; Gauvain 36’; L Mahon 58‘; Acey 72‘ – Fernandes 38’; Cave 90’.
Guernsey returned to winning ways in spectacular fashion at Footes Lane on Sunday as they registered a first victory since October with a 6-2 blitz of Staines Town.
It also ended a run of eight games without a win, and it could have been more than six as the chances flowed from start to finish.
Tony Vance got the response in performance he wanted last weekend against Ashford Town, and this time he got the three points that display deserved.
There was a glimpse of the old and the new as teenager Ben Acey registered his first goal for the club, later to be replaced by 40-year-old Ryan-Zico Black for his 200th appearance.
The Sarnians were in the mood from the off as Carlos Canha volleyed over, and it took just five minutes to get their noses in front, as Kyle Smith lashed home on the half-volley from the middle of the area after a cross dropped from the left, catching it with the ouside of his boot for a sweet finish and his second in consecutive games.
Five minutes later, that lead was doubled as Jamie Dodd climbed highest to meet Liam Mahon’s corner, heading it back across goal into the corner.
GFC were creating chances at will, with Charlton Gauvain normally the chief instigator. He started the move for number three, playing in the overlapping Frank Tobin down the right. His low centre picked out Canha, who was under too much pressure to shoot himself, so teed up Allen to bend it in left-footed from the edge of the area.
Josh Addison was tested for the first time on 20 minutes, and passed with flying colours as he flung himself to his right to tip away a long-range effort from Connor McShane.
A minute later, Gauvain was in the thick of it again as he drove at goal to draw a flying saving to his left from Joe Ringer. A Staines defender slipped when trying to clear the resulting corner and Smith flashed his shot across goal, just wide of the far post.
Allen was the next beneficiary of Gauvain’s purple patch as the ball reached him via the number seven and Canha. His curler was almost a carbon copy of his earlier goal, but this time Ringer clawed it away.
Manny Omrore dragged wide at the other end as the hosts let their guard down with some loose play at the back.
But the chances for the Swans were few and far between, as Smith and Allen combined to create a chance for Canha at the near post, but his volley from the angle could only find the side netting.
The inevitable fourth arrived on 36 minutes, and it was a deserved one for Gauvain, who nipped in behind his man to stroke the ball into the far corner.
He nearly had a second two minutes later, but Ringer blocked with his legs. This came just moments after Smith had beaten the onrushing stopper to the ball outside the area, but there were enough covering defenders to make the block as the number nine looked to finish into an empty net.
Luis Fernandes picked out the corner to make it 4-1 out of the blue with just over six minutes of the half left picking up a loose ball after Jack Torbett had won a 50/50 tackle, and there was still plenty of time for more chances before the interval as Canha’s acrobatic effort flew over and Gauvain sent a curler flying the wrong side of the post before he was denied again by Ringer after Canha had chased Ben Le Tocq’s ball down the line and found the run of the overlapping Matt Loaring (who had recently replaced Smith as a precaution to protect the forward’s ankle), who crossed to the far post.
It was more of the same in the second half. 11 minutes in, Allen did brilliantly to turn his man by the right byline and put his low cross on a plate for Canha, but the Madeiran hit it straight at Ringer, who then held Allen’s rebound from the angle.
But it wasn’t long before the fifth arrived. Loaring timed his run well to get on the end of Dodd’s ball down the line. Loaring played it square for Canha, who found his route to goal blocked so instead teed up Liam Mahon to drive home, his low strike going under Ringer.
The Swans keeper was being kept busy and fielder a low shot from the corner of the area by Gauvain. At the other end, substitute Luke Massingham headed a corner narrowly wide.
Glenn Le Tissier replaced Gauvain after the hour and had a few chances to stamp his own mark on the game, the first coming as Canha won the ball on the right wing and played it down the line for Tobin to cross low. Le Tissier scuffed his first swipe at the ball, but got another bite at it, this time Ringer getting down to hold it.
The sixth goal as the game ticked into the final 20 minutes was perhaps the best of the lot. A neat move down the right involving Mahon, Le Tocq and Loaring ended with the latter delivering a cross that was only half cleared. Acey picked it up and let fly from 25 years, his curling effort flying into the top corner to spark wild celebrations.
There was a huge cheer from the Garenne Stand for both players as Black replaced Acey a couple of minutes later to become the eighth player to reach a double century of club (after Jamie Dodd, Matt Loaring, Dominic Heaume, Ross Allen, Dave Rihoy, Alex Le Prevost and Chris Tardif. It came two years, 11 months and 21 days after his 199th.
Loaring was also making an impact off the bench. On 76 minutes, a lovely turn down the left at the beginning of the move ended with him pulling a high cross out of the sky with a brilliant first touch, only to see Ringer block his low shot towards the near post.
He was involved again with just on over 10 minutes left as he chased down a raking crossfield ball from right to left and cross to the far post. Allen threw himself at it but headed just wide.
Le Tissier found both goalkeeper and defender in his way was he drove down the right channel. His shot was too hot for Ringer to handle, but a teammate was on hand to prevent the looping ball dropping in.
Allen narrowly cleared the bar after arching his run to meet a low classic corner routine, while Le Tissier chased a ball down the left and cut in only to see his curler towards the far post whistle just over.
The visitors had the final say though, with Reece Cave’s finding the far corner from the edge of the area similar to Fernandes’ earlier strike, but it didn’t take the gloss off a wonderful afternoon for the Green Lions, who leapfrogged both Staines and Chalfont St Peter to go 17th in Isthmian South Central.
The weekend’s other results were as follows: Bedfont Sports 2-1 Ashford Town, Binfield 0-1 Northwood, Chalfont St Peter 4-1 Chipstead, Hanwell Town 1-1 Basingstoke Town, South Park 1-4 Chertsey Town, Sutton Common Rovers 1-7 Bracknell Town, Thatcham Town 0-1 Tooting & Mitcham United, Westfield 0-0 Uxbridge.
Guernsey: 1 Josh Addison; 2 Frank Tobin; 3 Jamie Dodd (c); 4 Carlos Canha; 5 Thomas Dodds; 6 Ben Le Tocq; 7 Charlton Gauvain (16 Glenn Le Tissier, 62’); 8 Liam Mahon; 9 Kyle Smith (14 Matt Loaring, 38’); 10 Ross Allen; 11 Ben Acey (15 Ryan-Zico Black, 74’). Not used: 12 Tyler McKane; 13 Jordan Kelly).
Staines Town: 1 Joe Ringer; 2 Sean Agun (16 Kyle Mendez, 60’); 3 Luis Fernandes; 4 Reece Cave; 5 Jordan Hector-Smith; 6 Exauce Ditu; 7 Javin Dougan; 8 Connor McShane (12 Elliot King 49’); 9 Jack Torbett; 10 Manny Omrore; 11 Timi Oshineye (14 Luke Massingham, 17’). Not used: 13 Tucker Quinn; 15 Derek Feyi.
Highlights will be available on GFCTV shortly.