Guernsey squad named for EH Trophy trip
Thursday 17th October 2013, 9:45AM BST.
THE heartache of losing two successive finals will be used as motivation by Andy Whalley when he sends his Guernsey team out at the start of another EH Trophy campaign on Sunday.
Lewes cruelly defeated the Sarnians with an extra-time golden goal in last season’s final in May, a year after the islanders suffered a 2-1 reverse to Gateshead in the previous showpiece despite Guernsey having dominated both games.
Whalley believes, though, that he can now use those memories to his advantage.
‘I will certainly be talking about the [Lewes] final and that feeling of losing it to the guys before Sunday’s game,’ said the Guernsey player-coach.
‘In terms of motivation for effort and ensuring we take our chances, there is nothing like that feeling of losing last year.’
Their hosts London Edwardians will prove to be a difficult obstacle though.
They are a Premier Division Two outfit who are entering the EH Trophy for the first time having lifted the Surrey Cup last season.
Jake Le Marchant (GK), Adrian Gidney (GK), Ben Cormack, Tristan Cairns, Andy Alford, Jonny Clark, Carl Pugh, Andy Whalley, Mark Babbe, Tim Ravenscroft, Zak Damarell, Sam Dawes, Adam Cox, Matt Watson (captain), Josh Kendal and Steve Waldrom.