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UKAF Footballers 'Honoured' To Be Playing Guernsey FA Anniversary Fixture

Flight Sergeant Dyfan Pierce was speaking ahead of the team’s trip to Guernsey.

UK Armed Forces footballers are preparing to face Guernsey’s opposition as part of the celebrations for the 125th anniversary of the Guernsey FA.

Assistant Coach Flight Sergeant Dyfan Pierce will lead the team against Guernsey as Head Coach, Flight Sergeant Nick De-Long, is absent.

He is hoping the team can build on a 2-1 away win against the Irish Defence Forces earlier this year.

Flt Sgt Pierce said: “It was a great away fixture. To go there and get a result was fantastic especially as they had been together for a good few weeks and we only had one session with the players.

"To be disciplined, organised and to come away with a 2-1 win against a strong Irish team was fantastic for us."

The Guernsey team is quite an unknown opponent for the military side, but Flt Sgt Pierce says he has done his homework.

Assistant Coach Flight Sergeant Dyfan Pierce will manage the team against Guernsey.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to keep an eye on them in the Island Games which they have been involved in recently,” he said.

“They were successful in that tournament. They got to the final and were unlucky to lose 2-1 against Anglesey.

"We don’t have too much information on them but we are aware that they are a very workman-like team, well-organised and it will be a tough away fixture."

The coach hopes the strength of his team will show before the Kentish Cup in December.

He said: “We have got a strong squad. We have a number of senior players missing but it is an opportunity for someone else to put a good performance in as well.

"There is a long time between now and December. All these games will get us prepared for those important tournament fixtures."

"We have been invited over by Guernsey. It’s the 125th anniversary of their football association so we are honoured to go over there and play against them."

The UKAF coaches have made the decision to give the captain’s armband to defender Danny Dixon and Pierce thinks his experience will show.

He said: "We are going to give Danny Dixon the privilege of captaining the UKAF side. He’s been an absolute stalwart of service football for 20-odd years.

"He deserves the opportunity to skipper this UKAF team. He’s won a number of Kentish Cups, a number of Inter Services and he’s a very experienced defender for us.

"We’ve got a number of dangerous players and they are all going to hopefully have the opportunity to show that on Saturday."