Hood look to land elusive trophy
Robin Hood will look to finally get their hands on the only trophy that has eluded them when they meet holders PHC Zebras in the Charity Cup at Goose Gosling Field tonight.
It will be the third straight meeting between the two sides in the annual season curtain raiser and the fourth straight appearance for Hood.
“We have won every other trophy, but the Charity Cup is one we haven’t got our hands on yet,” John Barry Nusum, the Hood coach, said.
Hood lost to Dandy Town in 2016 before suffering back-to-back defeats against PHC, who are on the verge of a hat-trick of titles.
“We have lost three straight, so we need do a little bit better,” Nusum added. “We have been in the game in recent years and are looking to come out with a decent result.”
PHC won the Charity Cup for the second successive year and seventh overall after beating Hood 2-1 at Bernard Park last season.
“It’s always fun to go up against PHC,” Nusum said. “It’s a challenge and that’s what you look for as an athlete.
“We want to start our season off on a positive note and I’m sure both teams will want to start that way. Hopefully, it will be a good game and we can come out on the other side and have a different conversation afterwards.”
Nusum has added more depth to his squad after picking up four new players during the summer transfer period, among them midfielder Justin Corday, who could make his debut against PHC.
“I am very excited and the boys are really hungry,” Corday said. “This is the only trophy that Robin Hood haven’t won, so they are really hungry for this one. They are chomping at the bit and ready to start.”
Corday joined Hood from Somerset Trojans and has adapted well to life at his new club.
“It’s been a smooth transition and I’m really enjoying myself,” he said. “The guys have been really welcoming.
“The level there is high and, in my opinion, coach Nusum is one of Bermuda’s best, so I can learn a lot from him.
“He is good with people and is always willing to get input from the players and willing to tweak you a little bit to suit the team.”
The 24-year-old is also relishing the new role he has been asked to perform.
“I’ve taken up a different role from being at Somerset,” Corday said.
“I’ve dropped a little deeper to try and get onto the ball more and I’m enjoying it so far.
“I like to get on the ball a lot and, hopefully, I can stay with it, stay fit and get a good season in.”
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