Scottish hope for Jersey re-visited

Scottish hope for Jersey re-visited

Partners in crime: Scottish fan Sandy Clark and his partner Jane Innes

Marvellous scenes: A view from Les Ormes Golf Course in Jersey

Dinner for two: The Plateau Royal at the Oyster Box

Sunday afternoon: Sunday lunch in the Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel

Just desserts: Mango and passion fruit cheesecake at the Ocean restaurant

Unfinished business: One of the unfinished tunnels at the Jersey War Tunnels

First published in Sport Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

If London Scottish’s defeat to Jersey turns the Channel Islanders’ season around and sees them remain in the Championship, then about 200 travelling Exiles fans will probably think it was all worth it.

Director of rugby Simon Amor’s men put in a penalty and error strewn performance as they gifted their hosts a first win of the campaign.
 

Jersey are hoping to back the result up with a third win at home to Plymouth Albion, while Scottish will be after a return to winning ways after three straight defeats when Leeds Carnegie visit the Athletic Ground tomorrow.
 

Staunch Scotsman Sandy Clark, a Scottish football supporter and Brentford fan, has been supporting the Exiles through thick and thin since moving to Richmond and St Margarets in 1985.
 

The 59-year-old  has seen the club go bankrupt in the fledgling days of professionalism and followed them to as glamourous places as Feltham and Tynedale during their rise back to the upper echelons of the English game. 
 

“It is not so good when you travel all this way to see a performance like that. But it has been an adventure,” he said.
 

“I’ve travelled to Penzance, Wharfedale and Lille – for a pre-season friendly – but you can’t really compare this.
 

“If they go down we’ll not be playing them for a while and if we go down we might not be playing them for a while either, so we had to take the opportunity.
 

“We’ve had a great old time following the team around through the Herts & Middlesex Leagues and now back up in the national leagues. It has been worth it.”
 

The Scottish effort was not the result the fans were looking for but, as they retired to the island’s bars and restaurants of St Aubin and St Helier they were not too unhappy and hoped to be back.

Back to sample the delights of the Oyster Box seafood restaurant in St Brelade; back to take in a trip back in time and a look at the island's chequered history at Jersey's Living Legend attraction; back to relive the horrors of the Nazi occupation of the islands at the Jersey War Tunnels.
 

Where ever you return to in Jersey there is bound to be a bar or restraurant where you can sample its unique hospitality and a good hotel - like the four star Atlantic Hotel and its Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant - where you can rest your head.

 

*Richmond & Twickenam Times sports editor Stuart Amos sampled a weekend of golf, rugby and food in Jersey.

Friday:
Arrive on the island and check in for nine holes of golf at Les Ormes, before a lengthy dinner at the Oyster Box in St Brelade’s Bay.   Recommended dish: Plateau Royal.

Saturday:
More golf at Les Ormes before hitting the shops of St Helier and taking a drive around the east coast of the island and Gorey as a warm-up ahead of the big clash between Jersey and London Scottish.  After post-match drinks, enjoy dinner at the Salty Dog Bistro in St Aubin Village.
Recommended dish: Black bream fillet with crayfish and crab risotto and seared scallops.

Sunday:
Visit Jersey War Tunnels and Jersey Living Legend attraction, before lunch at the Atlantic Hotel and then home.  Recommended dish: Roast beef sirloin and a mango & passion fruit cheesecake for dessert.

Accommodation: A two-night stay rugby package at the four-star Atlantic Hotel –  just 10 minutes from Jersey Rugby Club – cost from only £195 per person and includes car hire, match day tickets and Sunday lunch at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant.
Available until: April 14, 2013.

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