Guernsey FC: 'Mediocre' season frustrates manager Tony Vance

Tony Vance
Tony Vance has been manager of Guernsey FC since the club was founded in 2011

Guernsey FC boss Tony Vance says his side have been "mediocre" this season.

The Green Lions are preparing for their final game of the season away at relegated bottom-of-the-table side Whitstable Town in Isthmian League Division One South.

"Ultimately we haven't been good enough this year for many reasons, but the biggest one without a doubt is our away form," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"Unfortunately it's the second season on the bounce we've been mediocre."

The Green Lions have lost their last eight away matches, and have not won on the road since 12 December.

"If the table was decided on home performances we'd be close to champions, but away we'd be pushing relegation and that sums it up," he added.

"We've got to try to find any way we can to try to improve that next year because if we do that we'll be competitive."

Guernsey are ending their third season in the fourth tier of non-league English football, and reached the play-offs in their first season at that level.

But the club can finish no higher than 10th place this season, having been 10th last season.

"I think about it year on year, it's not something that's just sneaked up on me," Vance said of the club's form off the island.

"I'm always looking for solutions, we're working behind the scenes on some ideas and concepts on how we can improve it.

"A lot depends on the commitment of the lads, which is generally first class.

"But we've got to appreciate it's the fifth year now, they've all got families and are getting older and doing better at work and are busier, it's life and that's the lifestyle these days, and that has an effect on the teams we take out."