Guernsey FC hold on to beat Hartley Wintney 4-3

Guernsey FC's Ben Coulter was sent off

Tony Vance praised 10-man Guernsey FC after his side held on to win 4-3 at bottom club Hartley Wintney.

Ross Allen gave Guernsey a seventh-minute lead, but Hartley levelled soon after, before Dominic Heaume put the visitors back on front on 22 minutes.

Heaume got the third 14 minutes later and Allen made it 4-1 after 51 minutes with Hartley pulling one back.

Guernsey then had Ben Coulter for a second booking before Hartley scored a penalty to set up a nervy finish.

"We had to grind out the result in the end," Vance told BBC Guernsey.

"At one stage we were fairly comfortable and we had a good period in the second half and took control of the game.

"But with the sending-off of Ben and an injury to Glyn Dyer we had to change things around.

"It got a bit edgy towards the end, but we held on, it was tremendous character from the boys, and it turned out to be a very important three points."

The win sees Guernsey return to the top of the Combined Counties League Premier Division, a point above Egham Town and Badshot Lea.

Guernsey have games in hand on both of their main rivals and host Badshot at Footes Lane on Saturday.

"It's a big game, a six pointer it can be called," Vance said.

"But I don't think this game is going to decide who wins the league and who's up there, but it'll certainly put down a marker and we've got to make sure that we come out on the right side of it."

Top Stories

Get Inspired Activity Finder

Run by the BBC and partners

Find ways to get active near you: