Guernsey FC face 'relegation battle', says boss Tony Vance

Tony Vance
Tony Vance's Guernsey FC side have won just one game in the last two months

Guernsey FC manager Tony Vance says his side will face a "relegation battle" at Carshalton on Tuesday night after their seventh loss in eight games.

The Green Lions went down 1-0 away at Whyteleafe to slump to 19th in the Isthmian League Division One South, six points off the relegation places.

"It's going to be a relegation battle," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"This league has gone up a notch in quality and we've gone down a notch - we need to get that back."

He added: "It is difficult - but while it's a tough challenge, people need to understand this is a mid-to-long-term project, not a short-term project."

Having conceded 31 goals in their previous seven games, including a and that was their second-worst loss, Vance was happy with how his side fared at Whyteleafe, who are fifth in the division.

Guernsey FC's dismal run
Saturday, 27 Sept: Beat Horsham 4-2 (a)
Saturday, 4 Oct: Lost to Burgess Hill Town 2-0 (h)
Saturday, 11 Oct: Lost to Hastings United 4-1 (a)
Tuesday, 21 Oct: Lost to Tooting and Mitcham United 5-2 (a)
Saturday, 8 Nov: Lost to Herne Bay 4-3 (h)
Tuesday, 18 Nov: Lost to Merstham 8-0 (a)
Saturday, 22 Nov: Beat Chipstead 3-2 (h)
Tuesday, 25 Nov: Lost to Hythe Town 6-0 (a)
Saturday, 29 Nov: Lost to Whyteleafe 1-0 (a)

"It was an absolutely tremendous strike that got them the win," said Vance. "But when your luck's down that's the way it is. We certainly deserved a draw.

"I'm really proud with the way they played and what they showed.

"We can take a lot of heart from that - after the games when we've lost 6-0 and 8-0 I've gone home thinking 'what are we going to do?'

"Today, while we've lost, I'm going to go home in a positive manner because I've seen something that's really pleased me."