EH Trophy: Guernsey 'experience' could be difference in Jersey second-round tie

Guernsey v Jersey
Guernsey's men have beaten Jersey in their last four encounters

Guernsey player-coach Andy Whalley says his side's experience in the EH Trophy could be the difference when they play rivals Jersey in the second round.

The two Channel Island sides were drawn together after Jersey beat Lewes 4-1 on penalty flicks in the opening round.

Guernsey are the reigning champions and have made the final of the tournament in each of the past five years.

"There's a character within the team that knows how to grind out results," Whalley told BBC Radio Guernsey.

Guernsey will be favourites going into the game, not only as they are the reigning champions, but due to the fact that they beat Guernsey in their annual inter-insular match in April, as well as winning their first-ever fixture in the top-tier EH Cup in September.

"It's definitely to our advantage, having won it and played a lot before," added Whalley.

"But having a squad that's getting on a flight, going to Jersey, playing against a Jersey crowed who will be very much in Jersey's court for a Jersey win, puts an extra edge onto it and extra pressure.

"The key will be to get everybody calm and relaxed and get us playing the proper hockey that we know how to play, because we've got the ability and the talent to beat them on our day."

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