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Village and Rangers aiming to get back to winning ways

Injury concern: Dwayne Adams, the Southampton Rangers coach, right, is doubtful for his team’s Premier Division match against former club North Village at Goose Gosling Field tonight (9pm). (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

North Village and Southampton Rangers will both be keen to get back to winning ways when they lock horns in the Premier Division at Goose Gosling Field tonight (9pm).

The two teams go into the match on the back of defeats against PHC Zebras and St George’s Colts respectively in their previous outings.

Village lost 3-1 against PHC in a Friendship Trophy preliminary round match at the same venue last Thursday, while Southampton suffered an 8-1 hammering in the league against St George’s at Southampton Oval on January 9.

Victory would see Village leapfrog Somerset Trojans and St George’s into third in the Premier Division standings, while a win for Southampton would lift them out of the relegation zone.

Dwayne Adams, the Southampton coach, remains doubtful to lace up against his former team tonight having suffered a groin injury in his previous appearance on the pitch against a rampant St George’s.

The former Bermuda international was initially forced to come out of retirement due to the unavailability of goalkeepers Sean Perinchief and Jason Smith for his team’s match against league leaders Dandy Town, which they lost 5-0 at Southampton Oval on New Year’s Day.

Tonight’s match at Goose Gosling Field was originally scheduled to be held last Sunday.

However, all top flight matches were postponed at the weekend owing to the funeral of former St George’s and national team midfielder Osagi Bascome and positive Covid tests within some teams which had forced previous matches to be called off.

Meanwhile, local football continues tomorrow night (9pm) at Goose Gosling Field where Dandy Town will host Somerset Trojans in the second of two Friendship Trophy preliminary round matches.

Town are going into the match with plenty of momentum having thrashed X Roads 7-2 in their previous outing in the league on January 9, while Somerset were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Village their last time out in the league on December 31.

Village and Somerset have won the Friendship Trophy eleven times each, one fewer than PHC who have won it a record twelve times.

Village were the first winners of the competition having edged Wellington Rovers 1-0 in the inaugural final during the 1965-66 season.

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Published January 18, 2022 at 7:52 am (Updated January 18, 2022 at 7:52 am)

Village and Rangers aiming to get back to winning ways

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