Rec would rather beat PHC than win County
Devonshire Rec. skipper Derrick Brangman has admitted tomorrow’s crunch match against Premier Division rivals PHC holds more emphasis than today’s Eastern Counties match at Western Stars as his side prepare for a pivotal period in their season.
Devonshire welcome Stars to Devonshire Rec. in the first and only Central County tie after Young Men’s Social Club dropped out of all competitions earlier this season.
While the County Cup is a trophy they are keen to add to their silverware cabinet, Brangman is more focused on gaining some momentum for the crucial games ahead that will determine their top-flight fate.
“It’s very important for us to get back on track, although the County isn’t the main priority to us at the moment,” said Brangman.
“Being we have only two teams in our region it’s something for us to win but that’s about it.
“We would like to win it but the bigger picture for us is to gain some momentum heading into the bigger games in league play because it’s important that we get points to remain safe in the Premier Division.”
PHC currently sit on 33 points, six points behind Southampton Rangers and seven points behind the Devonshire side, and a win tomorrow will put their visitors into the relegation zone heading into the final few weeks of games.
For Brangman, a loss against PHC isn’t even on the radar with so much at stake.
“We play PHC tomorrow, so if we can get the win under our belts against Stars then that will give us some confidence going to PHC who are close behind us in the league table,” said Brangman.
“We are playing with a lot of youngsters right now, but we aren’t looking to lose, losing is not an option right now because there is too much at stake for us.
“It only takes one game to turn around a season and hopefully we can start today with the Counties and carry some sort of form into the PHC game.”
n While Rec and Stars are battling it out in the middle of the Island, the other county associations will be doing their best to ignore the problems that have torn their respective competitions apart.
In the West today, a Western Counties XI minus any Rangers players will take on an Eastern Counties XI without any St David’s players in their team.
The two sides who have boycotted meanwhile have arranged a Twenty20 charity event in St David’s, where Bermuda Masters will take on St David’s/Southampton Rangers Old Boys at 11am, and then St David’s and Rangers Premier Division sides will then play a game at 3pm to raise money for several former players.