Wilkinson using game to test youngsters
Dandy Town Hornets coach Jomar Wilkinson will use tonight's game against the Long Island Rough Riders as preparation for the second half of the season as he plans to give some fringe players a run out.
Although the Premier Division is on a festive break, several of the Hornets player have been involved with the Bermuda Under-20s and the Player Development League (PDL) Christmas Tournament.
For Wilkinson, whose side are seven points behind league leaders North Village in third position, their game against the Rough Riders will be a chance to run off their Christmas dinner while also testing themselves against overseas opposition.
“We have a few players on holiday overseas so this will be a good time to implement a few of our younger players into the team and see how they get on,” said Wilkinson.
“We are playing foreign opposition so it will be a good test to see how we compare with them.
“Some of our players are currently in the Under-20 national team and in the PDL tournament so they are getting in some good matches in preparation for the second half of the season.”
The defending Premier Division champions have been training over the festive period to give those players not involved in any of the Christmas competitions some type of fitness training as they prepare for St David's at Lords on –January 9.
“Over the holiday we have been training between the games being played for those who aren't involved in any of the matches, and we will be ready to enter the New Year looking to make a run in the league and other competitions we are still in,” Wilkinson said.
Hornets take on the Rough Riders at BAA Field tonight at 8pm. New Jersey-based Rough Riders beat Bermuda Under-20s 2-1 at the Wellington Oval on Monday.
Bermuda Under-20s final match against the Rough Riders on New Year's Day has been moved from Lords to Somerset Cricket Club.
n In yesterday's PDL matches there were wins for Social Club, Devonshire Colts and St George's.
Zico Lewis scored twice as Social Club beat North Village 2-1, while there were goals for Kyle Jones, Lezendro Symonds, Ryan Tyrell and Ian Coke as Colts thrashed BAA 4-1. Quintonio Lima scored BAA's only goal. St George's meanwhile beat Wolves 2-1.