Jersey football team look for English or Welsh side opponents

Jimmy Reilly
Former Jersey forward Jimmy Reilly has taken charge of three games since he was appointed manager in October

Jersey manager Jimmy Reilly hopes his side will play a friendly with a Welsh or English team within the next month.

An island side weakened by injuries and holiday absences were on Sunday in their first game of 2015.

"We're looking at trying to get a game either at the end of January or the start of February.

"It'll be either a team from England or a team from Wales," the island manager told BBC Radio Jersey.

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
4 January 2015: Lose 8-0 to Union Sportive De St. Malo 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)

Jersey have played just three times since being in their annual Muratti clash.

The Jersey FA appointed former Aston Villa manager Brian Little as last November with the aim of him using his contacts in the UK to increase the number of fixtures for the island side.

So far Reilly has taken charge of three matches, with only two more guaranteed at this stage, as he prepares for the Island Games which Jersey host this summer.

But he felt that St Malo, who play in the fourth tier of French football, were too strong for the side he was able to field on Sunday.

"It was a good experience for the lads, they're a top side in the top amateur division in France and you could see there was a gulf in class really," he said.

"Come the Island Games we'll not play many teams like that."

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