EH Trophy: Jersey to host Guernsey in second round of national tournament

Guernsey v Jersey
Guernsey's men have beaten Jersey in their last four encounters

Jersey have been drawn to host Channel Island rivals and reigning champions Guernsey in the EH Trophy second round.

Jersey beat Lewes 4-1 on penalty strokes in the first round on Sunday after drawing 4-4 after normal time, while Guernsey had a bye.

Guernsey beat Jersey 1-0 at Les Quennvais when the sides last met in the inter-insular in March, and have won their last four encounters.

Guernsey beat Blackheath and Old Elthamians 7-2 in the 2016 final.

Guernsey have reached the final of the EH Trophy in each of the last five years, and last month won their first-ever match in the top-tier EH Cup.

"It's a team we never want to draw, but the inevitable was going to happen eventually," Guernsey player-coach Andy Whalley told BBC Radio Guernsey ahead of the game which will be played on 13 November.

"There's a knowledge, we play each other a lot in the inter-insulars and island tournaments, so there's a knowledge of individual players, whereas when you're playing a UK team we won't necessarily have that.

"The Guernsey-Jersey occasion tends to be a little more fraught, there tends to be a little more emotion in them and they're difficult games to play in, so to draw them in the Trophy is not ideal, but we've got a good record against them so we're confident going into it."

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