St Peter will travel to the Bourne Stadium, Greatness Park, Sevenoaks on the 2nd February for a 12-30pm KO against the tournament favourites Sevenoaks Town FC in a battle for a last-four place.
Sevenoaks U18’s whose first team play in the same Ryman league as Guernsey FC, are unbeaten in all competitions this season and have scored 15 goals in their 3 Kent Cup games to-date, conceding just one. They are currently 3rd in the Kent Youth League but have 3 and 4 games in hand over the two teams above them.
One of the oldest established clubs in the UK, they will be celebrating their 140th year next season, remarkably they run over 60 teams across all age groups which must be some sort of record in itself. They are understandably renowned as being a very well run club.
St Peter FC who last season reached the Semi-Final before losing a close fought game against the eventual winners Folkestone Invicta are aiming to reach the same stage again.
“ We are certainly doing it the hard way, we have faced 3 of the strongest teams in the competition already, last year’s semi-finalists VCD Athletic and K Sports who were the beaten finalists. We then came up against a really strong team in Orpington Mustangs in a hard-fought game”
said Karl Benest the St Peter FC U18 coach. Fellow coach Anthony Lister is excited by the challenge,
“The game against Sevenoaks will tell us a lot about ourselves and gives us the perfect opportunity to test the quality we have in our squad against one of the very best youth teams in the South of England. We have some tough games to play in Jersey over the next couple of weeks and we need to do the business here. Several of our players will also be representing the Island the week before we travel. We will have our fingers firmly crossed that we avoid any injury to our key players. We will certainly need our best players if we are ‘to jump this hurdle’ in Kent.
St Peter U18’s have been Jersey and Channel Islands Champions for the past 4 seasons and this year’s team are fully aware they have a lot to live up to and are determined to make their mark. Who knows if we can win on the 2nd Feb, we have every chance of being the first Jersey Club side to compete in a final of a County Cup competition”
The squad has already been provisionally selected and will be training hard and working on some new routines before travel. The team to travel includes three 15 year-olds in keeper Pierce Roche, Tom Proffitt and Jamie Ritzema. The full squad is Pierce Roche, Rhys Thomas,Kacper Smilek, Ben Hamilton, James Carr, Toby Ritzema (Capt), Tommy Boarer, Luke Lister, Jan Bentley, Andre Dias, Danny Fernandes, Josh Stuart, Declan Pyne, Jamie Ritzema, Ryan Marcinko. Coaches Karl Benest and Anthony Lister.
For further information:-
Brian Foulser – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 851075
Karl Benest – Email: email@example.com Tel: 07700 369911
Anthony Lister – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07797 750419
Please note any players and/or coaches can be made available for interview if required.