Ross Allen: Guernsey FC striker scores 201 goals in 173 games

Ross Allen scores 200th Guernsey FC goal
He shoots, he scores. Ross Allen celebrates after his 200th goal hits the back of the net at Footes Lane

Guernsey FC striker Ross Allen broke the 200-goal barrier as he netted twice in the 2-1 win over Dorking Wanderers.

Allen got the first in the opening minute and doubled the lead 26 minutes later to take his tally to 201 goals in 173 matches since August 2011.

"I put my lucky boots on today and told myself 'I'm going to get an early goal, get it out of the way' and thankfully I did it," he told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"Hopefully I can keep going and doing it for the team."

The Guernsey striker has been the lynchpin of a side which was formed in 2011 to give local players the chance to play a higher standard of football in England rather than just the island's Priaulx League.

Ross Allen's goalscoring milestones
1st goal: In Guernsey FC's first competitive game against Knaphill in the Combined Counties League - he went on to score a hat-trick that day
100th goal: March 2013 he scores in the 5-2 win over Epson and Ewell, taking him less than two seasons to get to his century
Record tally: Allen scored six goals in Guernsey's record 11-0 win over Crawley Down Gatwick in January 2014
200th goal: Scores twice in the 2-1 win over Dorking Wanderers

His goals helped the Green Lions win successive promotions in their first two seasons as they progressed through the Combined Counties League, and he then scored an award-winning 54 goals in his third season as Guernsey reached the Isthmian League Division One South play-offs.

"We were going into the unknown, I never knew how much I'd play and the way we'd rotate with the schedule of so many games," Allen said of his approach before Guernsey FC was formed.

"I was confident after my Priaulx League record of getting a good bunch of goals a season, but to get 200 in four-and-a-bit seasons, I'm very proud."

And Allen is hopeful that he can continue his goalscoring exploits for a few more seasons yet:

"I'm only 28, but it depends how my body holds up the next few years.

"I want to keep playing for as long as I can, I love playing football, I love playing for Guernsey. If I can get anywhere near 300, 400, 500, that would be great. I've got to dream big."

Manager Tony Vance hailed Allen as "the best striker Guernsey's ever had".

He added: "There is some small print in that because he's been given the opportunity to express himself where others never had that opportunity, but he's taken it.

"This concept and project is made for someone like him and he's taken his chance."

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