Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance hails young talent

Tony Vance

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says the future of the club looks bright, with a talented generation of youngsters starting to emerge.

Striker Paris Pereira, 16, scored a late winner against Faversham Town last weekend after coming off the bench

"I think the lads know that we've got some good youngsters coming through who are going to push them and that's healthy," Vance told BBC Guernsey.

"They were delighted for him and there's a great bond among the group."

However, he believes being promoted too quickly could have an adverse effect on the development of the club's young players.

"The important thing with the youngsters like Paris is to expose them to this level of football, but we have to walk before we can run with them. It's important that we keep progressing in the right manner," he said.

"If Paris is in the squad [for Saturday's game against Three Bridges] it'll be fantastic for his confidence and good for him to play a home game."

Guernsey have been in excellent form in recent weeks and have not lost in the league since 26 August, climbing to fifth place in the table with games in hand on the teams above them.

"We're confident in how we're going at the moment. We've adapted very well to this league and hopefully we can continue this run," Vance added.

"But the lads know [head coach] Colin Fallaize and myself so slipping into complacency won't happen on our watch - if it does then we've failed. We'll certainly be keeping the guys' feet on their ground."