Sam Cochrane: Guernsey FC can still make play-offs

Sam Cochrane
Cochrane has been Guernsey FC captain since the club was formed in 2011

Guernsey FC captain Sam Cochrane says his side could still make the Isthmian League Division One South play-offs.

The club are 16th after winning three of the last four, having been just four points above the drop zone in November.

"That fifth place is up for grabs this season, so we've got to try and put a run together," said Cochrane, whose side are 11 points off the play-offs.

"If it doesn't happen then playing this level of football is fantastic and we've got to remain in this league."

Guernsey went on the worst run of results in the club's four-year history as they won only two of 14 league matches between mid-September and mid-December.

Guernsey FC's upturn in form
Guernsey FC have taken nine points from the last 12 available
The club had one win form their previous eight games

After Guernsey have been hampered by injuries to a number of key players this season, but Ross Allen, Angus Mackay, Tom de la Mare, Matt Loaring and Tom Strawbridge have all recently come back into the fold.

"We had a difficult run for a long period, we're certainly not out of it, but things have turned slightly and we've definitely got some better results," Cochrane told BBC Guernsey.

"We've improved our performances and that brings a slightly better atmosphere.

"It's the first real time in all of the lads' playing careers that we've been through a difficult spell.

"We're all very used to being successful and winning games of football and trophies locally.

"It was testing for everyone and a learning experience, but we're pushing on and we're pleased with our progress at the moment."

Guernsey's first test of 2015 is a trip to seventh-placed South Park, a team

"South Park are a physical side, they're a difficult side to play against," said Cochrane.

"They've come up into this league and done really well. They're hugely competitive, but I honestly believe that we have more quality than they do.

"Attacking-wise, when we've got all our options available to us we have the best attacking players within this league."

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