Well off we drove to Lancing, near Brighton, for this re-arranged FA cup tie against who sides who’ve never met before, which is happening to Guernsey every week. Thankfully, time wise, technology such as google maps saved my parents and me sitting in hours of traffic jams, and my dad’s sat nav renegotiated the way from Ashford along the windiest A roads possible. I am awfully car sick. For this journey I took a travel pill, didn’t eat much before leaving, and bought plenty of old bags to store the sick, which took a while coming but it did. I love being sick because that is the end of the nausea, well until the inner ear decides to get continually confused and tell stomach to chunder some more.
Anyway, we still got there with plenty of time to spare and a decent parking space too. Nice surprise to see it was only eight pound to get in, with a stupid bag search which was unnecessary but still no point making a fuss. The ground it self is typical county level with a nice main stand with all the facilities and the rest of the ground just the bare basics, no additional terracing. I must though say how lush the pitch looked, like a billiard table, and dare I say a touch better then Crabbles this year.
Onto the game it self, well Dover controlled the first have with consummate ease and racked up a 2-0 lead that should have been so much more. After the break Guernsey pulled a goal back, then made it all square from the penalty spot. Then Dover went straight up the other end to make it 3-2. Guernsey should have had their goalkeeper sent off near the end after he bought down Bakare being the last man. Fortunately it didn’t make any difference and we held out a different Guernsey side. They really gave a good account of themselves in the second half, and possibly deserved a replay, possibly. How far a team like Guernsey can progress I don’t know but they have a very good team them perhaps only lacking in height, but they more then make up for it in talent. Dover look a better side, they came and did a job, it almost failed but we were always in control for 90% of the time.
I wasn’t sick on the way home, and slept for most of it.