Town aim to put pressure on leaders
Defending champions Dandy Town will look to apply pressure on Premier Division leaders North Village tomorrow when they travel to Devonshire Rec. to take on out-of-form Cougars.
Town are currently four points behind Village who beat second-placed PHC 7-1 last weekend. Neither Hornets nor Cougars can afford to drop any more points in their quest for league honours.
Pre-season title contenders Cougars have had a Jekyll and Hyde start to their campaign and are just two points above the relegation zone.
But Hornets midfielder Jared Peniston insists they will not be taking Cougars lightly despite their recent struggles.
“If we want to be in the race for the title we need a victory against Cougars,” said Peniston. “It's a derby but it's also just another game. We just need to show up and play.”
Village, however, will not give up their position lightly having scored a staggering seven goals in each of their last three games.
While acknowledging that Village are the team to beat, Peniston still believes Hornets can leapfrog them during the second half of the season and retain their title.
“Village are on a good roll but there's still half a season left after Sunday and anything can happen,” said former Village player, Peniston.
Rams' opponents tomorrow, Colts, have hit some good form as of late and will be looking to get something out of their trip to Bernard Park, although boss Keishon Smith knows his side will be heavy underdogs.
“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,” he said.
Elsewhere tomorrow, St. George's welcome Southampton Rangers to Wellington Oval.
Richard Todd's side have impressed since being promoted, showing grit and determination in their play and will look to keep Rangers in the bottom two.
Rangers currently sit in ninth place on six points.
Somerset Eagles travel to Lords to lock horns with St. David's, who are coming off a spirited draw against PHC, while the Islanders notched their first away win of the season at Boulevard last weekend.
The remaining fixture will see PHC tackle Boulevard at Southampton Oval.