1. ITV Report

'I'm confident about the future, just not about tomorrow' Alderney coach ahead of Muratti clash with Guernsey


Alderney's coach Alan Adamson is aware of the daunting task his squad face tomorrow, they host Guernsey in the 100th Muratti Vase Semi Final.

The last two times both teams have faced each other in the Muratti the Ridunians have suffered heavy defeats, 0-4 in 2014 and 0-5 in 2012.

Things don't get better for Alderney unfortunately as they will be pitching a seriously depleted squad, some of their main players are out injured and others have been off island.

Adamson will be forced to field a very young and inexperienced team who've only had a couple of training sessions together.

That is very much a contrast to the strong squad that Guernsey will be lining up, a squad that includes many of the big guns from Guernsey FC.

Guernsey's Manager Steve Sharman gave ITV News a taste of what we can expect on the pitch tomorrow:

However despite the bleak prospect of another heavy defeat in front of a home crowd Adamson is confident about the future.

Last year Alderney won the Jackson League in Guernsey but were unable to field a team again this year because of injury problems.

He say's that his depleted team is just a blip in a constant progression for football on the island these last few years.

It's frustrating because we were going in the right direction but tomorrow will be difficult.

Next year however we'll be back to full strength. Our long term plan is to get tomorrow out of the way and enter the league (Jackson) again next year.

Then we can pitch a full squad for the Muratti and then we can start looking at Gotland.

But we won the league last year and next year we'll have a stronger squad because we'll have more people on the island, so things are looking good for the future.

– Alan Adamson, Alderney coach