Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance excited by home FA Trophy tie

Tony Vance

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says he is thrilled to bring FA Trophy football to the island for the first time after their FA Cup "fiasco" last month.

The Green Lions beat Barkingside 6-0 on Sunday to set up a home tie against Billericay Town on 19 October.

Guernsey had been set to play their FA Cup game against Dover Athletic at home but a fixture clash forced the game to be moved to England.

"It's an exciting cup competition with rewards," Vance told BBC Guernsey.

"The good thing is there's an opportunity to bring an iconic FA trophy game to Guernsey now. Obviously we had the Dover fiasco and now the local public can see it and that's great.

"It's not a competition we're going to win - there's teams who are way above our standards but we always try to win every game we play.

"Billericay are from the Ryman Premier League, which is above us. It will be an opportunity to test ourselves again and see if we can match the ability of these teams, and being at home might be a bit of an advantage."

Marc McGrath grabbed a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Sunday, but despite the scoreline Vance said there were parts of the performance he was not impressed with.

"I wasn't particularly happy with the way we were playing in the first half," added Vance.

"We got ourselves in front but I thought we got a bit sloppy. There are certain areas of the pitch that we work in but we got ourselves 3-0 up and were trying million dollar balls every now and again rather than working it into areas.

"Maybe I'm doing us a bit of a disservice but all in all it was a comfortable victory."

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