Minors hopes Wolves retain sense of bite
Wolves head coach Vincent Minors notes his side must build on momentum when they visit Devonshire Colts tomorrow.
The East End side defeated St George’s 2-1 at Garrison Field last weekend to inflict the first loss on the league leaders.
“That win was a big morale-booster,” Minors said. “We must grow with that positive energy.”
The 40-year-old insists they must defend well to stand a chance. “[Colts] are a very attacking, youthful team,” he said.
“We must keep the ball and limit mistakes. When opportunities come, we must take them.”
The visiting side will be missing a few key players, but the coach trusts what he has in reserve.
“A few important players are suspended due to yellow card accumulation,” he said. “I hope the players that fill in perform a similar role.”
This game could produce goals, with two of the top scorers going head-to-head. Leading scorer Senoj Mitchell, of Devonshire Colts, has eight goals, while Wolves striker Tyree Richardson has six.
However, Minors wants his side to defend the threat of Mitchell and other Colts attackers.
“I would prefer a low-scoring game,” he added. “They have a lot of attacking talent.”
Meanwhile, Flanagan’s Onions captain Callon Burns is looking forward to his side’s clash with fellow promotion hopefuls Vasco.
“The pressure is on for both sides to get a result,” the midfielder said. “We have beaten them twice already, so it becomes a mental thing.”
The 32-year-old noted his side is light because of players overseas in school, as well as a few injuries.
“We have been fielding a makeshift team recently,” he added. “We got back on track against Wolves, and that was crucial.”
Burns believes his side deserve something tangible for their hard work, and that the run-in will make them stronger.
“For some of my mates, the Shield final was their first major game,” he said. “[Promotion] would be significant. We were just formed recently. It would be a great experience.”
Burns said Onions must be aggressive in order to take the points from Vasco.
“We are going to take the game to them,” he said. “They have home-field advantage, so that gives us more incentive to steal the points.”
In the lone game tomorrow, strugglers Social Club visit St David’s at Lord’s. Coach Michael Richardson-Martin wants to see a strong effort.
“This game is crucial,” Richardson-Martin said. “I want to see a strong performance, regardless of the result.”
However, the former Dandy Town youth coach is gonna play his fringe guys for the rest of the season and observe them.
“I am giving the second team a chance,” he added. “We are in a three-year plan; I want to see how they look.”
Richardson-Martin hopes to see some improvement. “I am gonna let them play,” he said. “I hope they will see what must be worked on.”
Despite losing to Hamilton Parish last weekend, Richardson-Martin believes they played well.
“Parish only had two shots in the entire game,” he said. “My team played some good football; we just missed some easy chances.”
The coach is encouraging his players to push hard during the game, which is when they can make their mark.
“When the final whistle goes, you can’t change the outcome,” he said. “You have to do it in the 90 minutes.”
In the final game tomorrow, St George’s face another derby match, this time against Hamilton Parish at Wellington Oval.
Bottom side Ireland Rangers, who have yet to taste victory this season, have a bye this week.
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