Town push on in title chase

Dandy Town 4 Robin Hood 0

Dandy Town stepped up their Premier Division title defence with a comfortable victory over rock-bottom Robin Hood at St John’s Field yesterday.

Hornets took the lead midway through the first half when striker Lorenzo Simmons tapped home a right wing cross from diminutive winger Damon Ming.

The hosts, however, seemed strangely sluggish against an organised Hood side who claimed their first points of the season with a win over St George’s last weekend.

After the break Hornets showed signs of improvement and doubled their advantage when Ming swept home from the edge of the area after keeper Timmy Figuerido had parried an effort from Angelo Simmons.

Hood, who included debutants Quadir Maynard and Dominique Williams in their line-up, kept pushing forward and were thrown a lifeline when Kamen Tucker was adjudged to have handled in the area.

Antwan Russell, who bagged a brace on his Hood debut against St George’s, saw his spot kick saved by Daniel Johnson, though, with Joshua Crockwell cannoning the rebound against the crossbar.

Tempers flared moments later when Hornets defender Saki Tuzo and Hood winger Maynard become an embroiled in a heated argument, with the visitors’ coach Kyle Lightbourne running onto the pitch to calm proceedings.

But despite Lightbourne’s best efforts Hood were still reduced to ten men soon afterwards when midfielder Mikre Pace was sent off by referee Anthony Francis for verbal abuse.

Angelo Simmons put the game out of Hood’s reach on 79 minutes when he headed home a cross from Town substitute Fabian Frankson.

The Hornets marksman then turned provider when he supplied a pinpoint centre for sub Raymond Beach who headed wide from close range, perhaps showing signs of ring rust having played sparingly this season.

At the other end, Town keeper Johnson made a flying save to deny a volley from Crockwell before Frankson added a late goal for the hosts with a header past Figuerido.

Hornets coach Jomar Wilkinson said he was happy with his side’s second-half showing after making a slow start to the game.

“I thought it was a team performance today and I thought we were tuned in defensively,” he said.

“In the second half we played better and it paid dividends for us. I thought early in the game we started off a little bit slow in possession.”

He added: “We want to stay in reach of the league leaders and we definitely needed three points today.”

Dandy Town: D Johnson, D Ming, S Tuzo, L Simmons, R Wells (K Webb, 68), J Dill, A Simmons, B Minors (F Frankson, 80), K Tucker, S Darrell, K Lathan

Goals: L Simmos, 20, Ming, 55, Angelo Simmons, 79, Frankson, 89

Robin Hood: T Figuerido, K Davis, S Francis (T Terceira, 75), Q Maynard, M Pace, D Reitze, M Thomas, D Williams, A Russell, R Wilson, J Crockwell

Substitutes not used: J Federico, J Duffy, B Robinson,

Referee: A Francis

Man of the match: K Tucker (Hornets)

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Published Nov 26, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm)

Town push on in title chase

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