Jersey in talks with Conference club over friendly match

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Jersey vs Guernsey
Jersey play Channel island rivals Guernsey every year for the Muratti Vase

Jersey's FA are in early talks with a Conference club about a possible fixture with the island side.

The JFA on Tuesday.

One of Little's main aims is to increase the number of games Jersey's 'national' team play.

"We've just had an enquiry from a possible Conference team about coming over," JFA chief executive Neville Davidson told BBC Sport.

"Whilst we could be on our back foot with a Conference team, it gives us more experience against sides like that."

Jersey in 2012 and

Jersey fixtures 2014-15
20 October 2014: Beat 26th Army regiment 7-0 at home
22 October 2014: Beat 26th Army regiment 4-0 at home
28 March 2015: Alderney away (Muratti Vase semi-final)
4 May 2015: Essex and Suffolk Border League
17 May 2015: Guernsey away (Muratti Vase final, if Jersey beat Alderney)

But since then their number of fixtures has dried up, with the island side only playing two games so far this season and having also decided not send a team to the 2013 Island Games in Bermuda due to the cost.

"The lads are desperate for games against different teams. We've got a broad brush, we're looking at good quality teams coming over," explained Davidson.

"It's basically down to can we get a good team to come over here and give us a really really good game.

"At the moment we're not in a position to spend a load of money for a 90-minute game in the UK, so what I've been thinking is why don't we promote Jersey as a football destination?

"The 3G pitch should be finished by the end of February, so that's a big attraction in itself.

"We've got all the facilities and I'm convinced, and it's proved over the last couple of seasons, that the teams that are coming over want to come back.

"With Brian's connections we're looking at why not professional teams coming over for pre-season training rather than go off to Dubai or all these exotic places, it's just an hour on the plane and you're here and we've got the facilities."

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