Ross Allen: Play-offs a 'minimum' for Guernsey FC

Ross Allen
Ross Allen scored three goals for Guernsey as they won Island Games gold earlier this month

Guernsey FC striker Ross Allen says the island side must make the Isthmian League Division One South play-offs as a "minimum" this season.

Guernsey finished 10th last season, having made the play-offs in 2014.

The team has been together for a month, with the bulk of the squad involved in Guernsey's Island Games gold-medal win.

"We're hoping to challenge for the title. The play-offs is the minimum goal because we know we can survive in this league," Allen told BBC Guernsey.

But in order for the Green Lions to have a chance of promotion in their third season at step four of non-league football, Allen feels they have to be more tactically aware:

Guernsey FC's previous seasons
2014-15: 10th in Isthmian League Division One South
2013-14: Fourth in Isthmian League Division One South, lost to Leatherhead in play-off semi-final
2012-13: Second in Combined Counties Premier Division. Made FA Vase semi-final
2011-12: Won Combined Counties Division One. Won Combined Counties Premier Challenge Cup

"In the first year we were an unknown team to everyone else and I think we surprised people," he said.

"Last year they learnt their lesson. They learnt how to play us and we now know that we've got to change a few things going into this third season because teams are going to have a lot of information on us, and that's just from playing us, let alone from watching the videos.

"We've got to adapt, we've got to change things, we just can't go in and be the same old Guernsey FC team that we've been the last four seasons, because we haven't had too much adaptability, and I think this is our big chance to really learn and push for promotion."

Last season, Guernsey won just two of their first seven matches and Allen says if they are to go up, they just have a better start in 2015.

He continued: "You look at Burgess Hill and Peacehaven (the last two Isthmian League Division One South champions), they intimidated teams by having a good early run and being in a strong position by Christmas.

"That's what we've got to try and do - and hope all the other teams fight it out and there's no other single team going for the title and we put our noses in front."