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St George's look to build on flying start

St. George’s Colts’ coaching team insist there is still plenty of work to be done if the side are to carry their good form into the second half of the season.Colts have been a surprise package since returning to the top flight with wins over the so-called bigger sides while playing an attractive brand of football.They currently sit in fourth place, ten points behind leaders North Village but more importantly, eight points clear of the relegation zone.For head coach Richard Todd, it is a job well done and he is now calling on his men to produce the same work ethic and dedication when the East End side return to league action after the Christmas break.“The commitment of the players has been the big for me,” he said. “We have to be pleased with the way the first half of the season has gone as we’ve hit our points target.“Now we must build on the first half the season when we return to league action after the break and look to put our best foot forward.”Todd has set his sights on qualifying for a Dudley Eve spot for next season and wants a deep run in one of the cup competitions.“I think qualifying for the Dudley Eve is a realistic target for us, we’re in the semi-finals of the Friendship Trophy and we have a good draw in the FA Cup. We’re in a position where we have plenty to play for.”Assistant coach Kameron Fox echoed Todd’s sentiments regarding Colts’ encouraging first half of the campaign.“There’s always room for improvement but we’re very pleased with the way things have gone,” said Fox. “We wanted to get a certain amount of points by the half and we have done the job thus far.“Looking at how the schedule’s set up we put a lot of thought into each game and the structure of our performances, not to let our opposition penetrate us defensively while also looking to find the balance going forward.”So far Colts team have beaten Devonshire Cougars on the road while picking up wins against East End rivals St. David’s, Southampton Rangers and Devonshire Colts. And they were perhaps a little unlucky not claim points off powerhouses North Village and PHC.Fox said he was delighted with how the team had adapted to the Premier Division, which he believes is a big step up from the second tier.“In the Premier the pace and fitness is that much better than First Division,” he said, “Even the loss against Village was a stepping stone for us to learn what we can do in the future to get better.“Also, in the First Division you can get away with the small things but in the top flight teams will make you pay for your mistakes.”