Football:Trinity ten close gap

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Dave Le Roux’s third goal of the season, just before half time, came after Trinity hit the post twice in the same attack before Le Roux hit the target with a deflection off Martin King.Trinity, unbeaten in the league, played the final 35 minutes with ten men, James Haywood the parish side’s fourth player sent off in the last three games after swearing at a referees’ assistant.Trinity joint-manager Adam Reid said: ‘A draw may have been a fair result but we had three good chances in the second half to have finished the game off.’We had to work hard after going down to ten and Dave Lloyd was excellent at the back while Paddy O’Toole and Peter Edwards got through a lot of hard work in midfield.’Everyone at the Club is disappointed with the sendings off we are getting; it seems like there is a witch hunt against our players at the moment.’James did swear but it was in frustration.

There were other players who swore and they were allowed to stay on the pitch.’A lot of it is pettiness.

If it was for over the top tackles we’d agree with the decisions but we feel we are getting punished hard at the moment.’Tower boss Dave Philpott said: ‘We played very well but I’m disappointed we came away with nothing.

We could well have had two or three goals in the first half, I flooded the midfield and although Trinity had more possession than us overall they created little.’A bit of luck and we would have had at least a point.

Darren Munden had an excellent game in defence for us, together with Nathan Jégou in midfield and John Rutter in attack.’It was a disciplined performance, everyone worked hard but unfortunately the breaks didn’t come our way.’Rozel Rovers continued their good run to beat Magpies 2-1 at Le Couvent, the winning goal coming with the final kick of the game.The win lifted the Rovers up three places to fifth to trail Portuguese Club on goal-difference.Both sides missed good chances in the first half before Rozel went ahead through Marco Vieira, who raced onto a pass before rounding the ‘keeper to score.Stuart Truscott equalised with 12 minutes to go, with a powerful header from Andy Barker’s free kick, only for the Rovers to have a sting in the tail with Paul Roberts driving home from 18 yards after a fine run from Scott Healey down the left.’We just shaded it,’ said Rozel manager Jerry O’Shea.’Scott Healey and Marco Vieira are looking good in attack and we benefitted from their good work.’Apart from Trinity and Jersey Scottish a lot of teams are of a similar ability this season and I expect there to be a lot of draws.

Getting three points in any game is a bonus and lifts us up several places in the table.’Magpies manager Ian Golding said: ‘Rozel deserved to win.

I’ve no complaints they were the better side on the day.’Andy Barker is 39 years old and he was the best player on the park.

Overall the standard was poor and we should have done better in front of goal.’The service was provided but we couldn’t take our opportunities on the day and we didn’t get another kick after they scored their second.’Meanwhile Grouville returned to the top of Division II after defeating the home team 3-2 at St Brelade.Ian’s Horswell’s side, who have a 100 per cent record and lead St Ouen by two points, conceded their first goals in seven games – both to Jason Gow who hit his first goals of the season.Junior Richard Russell notched a brace and Luc Le Mière a single, to take their season’s totals to 14 and 12 respectively.Horswell said: ‘We didn’t play that well overall, it was probably our worst performance of the season.

But we got the three points and I’m happy about that.’We had too many players pushing forward looking to score goals when we were three-up and we got caught on the counter-attack.’Alex Buesnel made a terrific double save for the first goal he conceded, I was disappointed it was given as I felt he had the ball kicked out of his hands.’St Brelade scored another to make it a nervous ending for us but we managed to hold out okay.’Trinity opened up a two-point lead at the top of Division I Reserves following a 3-1 home win against St Clement.

Trinity’s fourth straight victory came courtesy of goals from Dave Rigby, Tommy Graham and Nathan Bertram.

Wayne Shales replied by lobbing the goalkeeper.St John, who had first-team manager Tony Hoyland sent off following two cautions, moved up one place to second after winning 2-1 at home to St Brelade.

Former Muratti defender Ian Daly scored a brace for the hosts against his former club.

Marc Muncey replied.Jersey Scottish are likely to lose the three points they won in a 3-2 win against Grouville, at Les Quennevais, after they played a first-team tied player.

Neil Killeen, Eddie Columb and Adi Trédant scored for the Scots and Danny Bryan and Tony Courval for Grouville.St Paul’s and First Tower shared four goals at Clos des Pauvres.

Robbie Whittaker and Mark Ray (penalty) were on target for the hosts and Steve Martin and Michael Agrela for the visitors.Jersey Wanderers collected their first points of the season following a 3-2 victory away to St Peter.

Jamie Smith scored twice for the winners along with Gerry Monaghan.Mark Stewart took his tally to seven goals in three games after bagging both for St Peter.Magpies now have a five-point cushion at the top of Division II Reserves after they edged out ten-man Sporting Academics 2-1 at the FB Fields.The ‘Pies’ seventh straight win in all competitions came after goals by Pablo Garcia and Dieter Paland.

The Accies, who had Manny Fernandes sent off following a comment he made to the referee, netted through Keith Carthy.Unbeaten Rozel Rovers moved into second spot after two goals apiece by Ben Doherty and Marco Vasconcelos and one from Tony Zonfrillo helped them to a 5-2 win against St Martin.

At Les Quennevais the Saints were on the mark through Andy Thomas and Rob Lucas.Lee Pederick scored all of St Ouen’s goals in a 4-1 home win against Sporting Club, the latter’s consolation grabbed by Vincenzo Perito.St Lawrence pocketed their first point of the season in a 3-3 home draw against Beeches Old Boys.

Jamie Mackintosh, Mark Ellis and David Fitton (penalty) scored for the hosts and Eric Dolan, Matt Knights and Chris Swanton for the visitors.

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