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Preview: Guernsey v Chichester City

Top scorer Josh Clack in action against Guernsey in December at Oaklands Park (Photo: Neil Holmes)

Chichester City travel to the Channel Islands this weekend to face an in-form Guernsey.

Guernsey
0
Chichester City
  • Haitham (44')
  • Iordache (52')
  • Clack (90')
3
Sat 8 Feb, 2020 Isthmian South East

The match ended in a goalless stalemate when the sides met at Oaklands Park in December, although there were chances for both teams to grab all three points. Chi came into that encounter on the back of three straight losses – the second round FA Cup exit to League One Tranmere, a narrow 3-2 home defeat to Isthmian premier league outfit Lewes in the Sussex Senior Cup, and a first away loss of the season at South East front-runners Hastings.

Since that 0-0 draw with the Channel Islanders, Miles Rutherford’s side have won four, drawn two, lost two in the league as they play catch up as a consequence of their exploits in the world’s oldest knockout football competition.

They won a dramatic mid-week game up at Three Bridges 4-3 when Kaleem Haitham scored the winner in time added on after Chi trailed 2-1 at the break.

Kaleem Haitham, who scored the 91st minute mid-week winner at Three Bridges, went close against Guernsey (Photo: Neil Holmes)

The Green Lions experienced a bit of a dip following the match with Chi. A goalless draw at home to Whyteleafe was followed by consecutive losses at Footes Lane against Phoenix Sports, Whitehawk and Herne Bay.

Guernsey have been in good nick of late and are unbeaten in four, although a mistake by Haywards Heath keeper Luke Glover with five minutes to go on Wednesday gifted the hosts a point when it looked like Heath might be flying home with all three.

They’d won three on the bounce beforehand, conceding just one goal in a run of victories over VCD Athetic, Three Bridges and Sittingbourne with Robbie Legg and Matt Loaring grabbing a couple of goals each in this winning spell.

Guernsey attract average crowds of 800 or so – their biggest gate this campaign 1006 for the Whyetleafe match just after Christmas.

They have picked up some impressive results over the top teams in the Bet Victor Isthmian South East division, including draws with table-toppers Hastings and fourth placed Cray Valley PM and victory over second placed Ashford United.

The Channel Islanders are seventh in the league at present, five points off the play-off spots. Chi are eleventh, three points behind Guernsey with five games in hand.

Rutherford & Co have some tough team selection decisions to make. Scott Jones is back in contention after missing the last two matches. Defender Ryan Peake also returns to the squad and Josh Clack is available for his last game before he serves a suspension following an odd dismissal at Three Bridges.

Kick-off in St Peter Port at the Footes Lane stadium this Saturday is 2pm.

GFCTV stream the Green Lions’ games. Details can be found at https://www.guernseyfc.com/gfctv

Highlights from the match against Guernsey in December can be viewed on the Chichester City FC YouTube channel –