Beating a team that finished 6th and had already defeated us twice in 2014-15, with us scoring 5 goals in the process, was not a bad way to end the season. Ross Allen's hatrick was offset by a quite stupendous miss, meaning no match ball for him. One thing about the day shocked me however and that was the discovery that I agree with FGS (watch the highlights) on one thing.
Yes, Chris Tardif is surely player of the season for his contribution over the course of the season (and that, dear listener, is what it's all about). Not just for performances that often meant the difference between going home with something or bugger all either. It's also about the way he deports himself, a credit to the club and a fine example to all those that look to GFC for fine examples.
Nice bloke as well.
Tomorrow sees the IL1S play-off semi-finals and if you're in Kent it's a choice between Folkestone v Whyteleafe and Faversham v Merstham.
Elsewhere East Grinstead finished up in the last relegation spot but will almost certainly be reprieved. Redhill still have a chance but it's a longshot. In the Isthmian Premier Peacehaven finished up in the last relegation spot, which had several Lions fans salivating over a repeat visit to their infill site next season.
Sadly it looks like we might miss out on that treat as they may also be reprieved. This is due to FA Trophy winners North Ferriby Utd having been put up for sale with, apparently, financing now in place to ensure the club's survival although an application to drop down from the Conference South has been made. So Peacehaven's fate could lie with the Northern Premier League (as to which division to put North Ferriby in). Then again it could lie with the FA's ground grading inspectors.
A couple of rumours doing the 'rounds' relating to GFC. Firstly that the club might be mover to the Southern League, secondly that the Isthmian League have had a word about fielding weak teams for midweek away fixtures. Now these rumours are doing the 'rounds' because, although they've been mentioned here and there (as in one place each), in both cases it's the kind of thing that could be applied to many clubs, yes even in the Isthmian South.
A move to the Southern League is actually quite plausible. With every season the Isthmian League contracts in a south easterly direction whilst the Southern League's footprint expands. So a bit of a shake-up is probably needed, although with the problems many clubs at the northern end of the non-league pyramid face, moving a team or two between the Isthmian and Southern Leagues is a bit like papering over the Grand Canyon.
If the dear old FA were to decide to move GFC a move to the Southern Central wouldn't have much of an impact to the club, given the location of the clubs in that division. A move to the Southern League South & West division would be bad for GFC and many of the clubs currently in that division (as that's where the geographical challenge lies). What's really required is a thorough review of the pyramid.
If you're planning on a trip to the Island Games then you'll no doubt be looking forward to seeing the new 3G pitch at Springfield. Through the cage of course, as the JFA didn't seem terribly keen to challenge the refusal of planning permission for a perimeter fence around the football ground. The JFA is, of course, against the establishment of a Jersey FC but it is hard to believe that an organisation that harboured hopes of following Gibraltar, long after UEFA shut and bolted the door, would be clever enough to realise that the cage would render Springfield unsuitable for anything above County level football.
They can still use Springfield for the Muratti as, in the eyes of the FA, it's 'just' between County FA representative sides
So, unless someone is prepared to speculate a large investment in another ground in Jersey (and even then a JFC might not be welcomed into the JFA fold), Jersey Football Club isn't going to happen. So Jersey's elite players have been well and truly shafted by their own association which, if they seriously want to play at a higher level, may just persuade them to commit in the manner that the majority of GFC fans expect. They'd still have to earn their place in our team though, Tony Vance was clear on that when he spoke to Manelanders after the match at Herne Bay.
Tomorrow (or manana, man) a review of the season.
Keep it Green
Allez les Verts!!