Colts can beat the drop, says coach Smith
Devonshire Colts coach Keishon Smith has urged his players to use their derby success as a stepping stone to survival as they prepare to face league leaders North Village this weekend.
Colts' 3-2 victory over Devonshire Cougars was their first of the Premier Division season and Smith is eager for his side to build on that confidence-boosting result as they look to lift themselves off the foot of the table.
“It's important we get a positive result in our next match. Obviously we're playing the leaders North Village but we had a good result at the weekend and will look to move forward,” said Smith.
Colts showed plenty of character to bounce back from a 6-1 thrashing against Somerset Eagles midweek to beat Cougars on the road on Sunday. Smith, though, was still not happy with his side's wastefulness in front of goal.
“To go down 6-1 to Somerset Eagles and then two days later win the derby game away is a testament to our team,” he said.
“The players showed what they're capable of and the win should give them belief.
“We have put ourselves in positions to score early goals but haven't taken them. That puts us at a disadvantage because if we can get the first goal it will breed confidence and self belief.”
Smith is under no illusions of the tough task ahead of his team when they take on a Village side that have scored seven goals in each of their last three games.
He said: “In my era we never really had a hard time in beating (Village), but things have changed. I'm quite sure that with Village on the opposite end of the table, the points will be crucial for them as well.
Colts take on Village at Bernard Park on Sunday.