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Rangers boss Jennings stays calm ahead of crunch clash

Southampton Rangers coach Keith Jennings isn't hitting the panic button just yet as his side face a relegation six-pointer against Somerset Eagles at White Hill Field.

Rangers are currently one point above their opponents and with three games, including tomorrow's titanic battle left in the season points will be at a premium.

St. David's are two points clear of Rangers in seventh.

The game takes on added significance, especially for the visitors, who a have a much tougher run in to the end of the season.

An away fixture against Dandy Town is next for Rangers who end the campaign at home against St. George's, while Eagles will travel to Wellington Oval to play St. George's and finish with a home game against fellow relegation rivals St. David's.

For Jennings, however, it's not quite the time to have the alarm bells ringing, with his team still having their fate in their own hands.

“It's a big game for both sides, but we will approach it like any other game we have played before this,” said Jennings. “These games have more meaning given the circumstances that we are currently in but we will be okay as long as we put the work in.

“We have put ourselves in this position and we are fortunate to have our fate in our hands.”

Jennings officially took over the reins at he beginning of the season after taking the job on an interim basis midway through last season. While enjoying the coaching life, he admitted that he didn't expect to be in the position he is currently in, trying to keep his club in the top flight for another year.

“I was hoping we wouldn't be in this position coming down the stretch but if we can get what we need to get then it won't have to go down to the wire,” he said. “There are only three games left in the league so the next two games for us are extremely critical. The thought of relegation hasn't crossed my mind, if we can put in the effort than itshouldn't be a problem.

Another crucial game is at the other end of the table where second place PHC travel to St. John's Field to take on third place Dandy Town.

Leaders Village take on St. David's at Lords, Boulevard welcome Devonshrie Cougars to BAA Field and St. George's play Devonshrie Colts' season at Police Field.

Photo by Mark Tatem Southampton Rangers face a relegation six pointer

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Published March 05, 2011 at 1:00 pm (Updated March 05, 2011 at 1:41 pm)

Rangers boss Jennings stays calm ahead of crunch clash

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