St Paul’s could count on the (re-)appearances of Jay Giles, Jonny Le Quesne, Adam Trotter, Ruben Mendes and Kieran Lester to help them out in their top-of-the-table clash at current champions JTC Jersey Wanderers, while Euan van der Vliet retained his place in the goal.
And, despite Wanderers being able to call on the services of Bulls players James Querée, Fraser Barlow, Jules Gabbiadini and Arthur Illingworth, it was St Paul’s who benefitted the most, winning 3-0 at JTC Park courtesy of a double from veteran Luke Watson, also back in the side, and a strike from Trotter.
The win puts St Paul’s three points clear at the top, with five rounds of matches already played. (See full report on page 41).
Meanwhile, any hopes that St Peter’s harboured of making a title tilt came crashing down to earth with a bang at Le Boulivot with a humbling 5-2 defeat at the hands of Grouville.
Even with ex-Coventry City star Peter Vincenti and Jersey Bull Sol Solomon in the side, St Peter were powerless to prevent a powerful Grouville team from running amok, with Kieren Stephens, Blake Derbyshire, Brad Le Mercier, Callum Coote and substitute Matthew Davy scoring for the home side. Both of St Peter’s goals came from the boot of Jody Byrne.
At the bottom of the table, Rozel Rovers’ woes continued with a 5-1 home defeat to St Brelade. Doubles from Conor Maher and Charlie Petulla and a single from their own Jersey Bull Harry Cardwell saw St Brelade inflict the damage.
Meanwhile St Clement hoisted themselves up to second place on goal difference having seen off an improving St Lawrence 5-2. New Bull Rai dos Santos helped himself to a hat-trick, while Jay and Daniel Tostevin also contributed to the young side’s win.
Finally, St Ouen also kept up their title hopes alive with a dogged 2-0 win over Sporting Academics at the IJB Field and once again, this victory was achieved with a little help from a Jersey Bulls player. A late goal from Jack Griffin sealed the win for St Ouen after Jake Baker had put the away side in the lead in the first half.
lJacksons Championship and Division I round-up continues on page 42.