Hornets looking to repeat win over high flying Rams
Dandy Town midfielder Jared Peniston has called on his team-mates to bounce back from their league defeat to Devonshire Cougars and knock city rivals North Village out of the FA Cup tomorrow when the two sides lock horns at Bernard Park.
Town are the only side to have taken any points off the league leaders, having beaten them 2-1 at Bernard Park earlier in the season, and will be looking to make it two wins out of two.
While the weekend matches complete the first half of season, for Peniston it is a good time to get their season back on track and give the boot to one of their main rivals.
“We beat them in the league and to beat them again and knock them out of this competition would bring confidence back to the team,” said Peniston. “I believe for both teams it will be a battle of pride.
“They will be coming to play us and since they are on a good roll, I'm sure revenge will be on their mind.
“Its important for us to get this victory so confidence and pride can flow through the team again.”
Hornets are a long way back in the title race and look to be out of it, seven points of the pace, and taking into account the current form of the Rams.
Admitting that the club's main focus is the defence of their league crown, the midfielder would still be upset if the side were to be dumped out of the FA Cup in the second round.
“Town's main objective is defending what is ours first (league), if we have an opportunity to get something else then it's a bonus.
“If we do get knocked out it would be a failure as we would like to make a run and move into the next round, but the season has to go on.”
Seven other matches are on the schedule for tomorrow with the draw throwing up a few intriguing match-ups.
First Division sides Wolves and Robin Hood lock horns at Devonshire Rec. in the first match of a double-header with Hood looking to exact revenge from a 5-1 thrashing in the league against tomorrow's opponents.
The second match the Rec. will see defending champions Devonshire Cougars face off against X'Roads.
Prospect United go to BAA Field to play Boulevard in the first match of a double-header at the venue, while Southampton Rangers will play MR Onions in the second match.
PHC welcome Devonshire Colts to Southampton Oval in the round's other all-Premier Division game with both side's in some sort of form entering the game.
First Division whipping boys Ireland Rangers travel to Lord's to play St. David's in what should be a lopsided match, while St. George's are the away team on their own ground when they play Hamilton Parish at Wellington Oval.
The first matches at the two venues with double-headers will kick off at 12.30 pm, while all other matches begin at 2.30 pm.
n Boulevard will be supporting the “Respectful Behaviour” campaign when they meet Prospect.
During the game at BAA Field, the Blazers will distribute 600 posters to spectators and display a banner which will read: “The Boulevard Community Club embraces respectful behaviour.”
A club spokesman said: “We believe this is a great endvour and encourage everyone to join in.”