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Historic night for victorious Hood

Robin Hood 6Robin Hood made history at BAA Field last night as their drubbing of Ireland Rangers saw them promoted to the Premier Division for the first time.

Ireland Rangers 0

Neal Churchill scored twice, and there were also goals from David Outerbridge, Reggie Baker, Marcio Dias and Jorge Sanchez as Andrew Bascome's side completed a victory many had expected.

Things could get better still for Hood, who will be in with a chance of winning the First Division if they beat Somerset Trojans next Thursday.

It's an impressive accomplishment for a club that just two years ago were left in limbo when the Bermuda Football Association scrapped the Commercial League.

“We had to get that (promotion) out of the way,” said Bascome. “It was hard work this year. It was challenging because in the beginning we didn't have as many players, but we managed to use the whole roster. Everyone contributed, and it (promotion) was just the result of everyone's hard work.

“Now that our first goal is in the bag, we now have to just try and put some pressure on Somerset. I'm looking forward to it.”

Hood's comfortable margin of victory should have been greater, Churchill missed a penalty after just six minutes and also hit the post in a first half in which Hood struggled to find their rhythm.

Nerves undoubtedly played their part, and they weren't helped by the missed penalty.

Having Teddy Terceira forced into defensive duties didn't help matters, and his steadying influence was missed in central midfield.

However, once Churchill had opened the scoring from a corner there was little doubt about the result, and the game was one-way traffic from then on.

Ireland Rangers meanwhile were as expected. Largely disorganised, they expelled more energy cursing each other than actually playing football, and the fact they managed just one effort on goal in 90 minutes said everything about their night.

Still, they won't finish bottom, but that's only because Paget are far, far worse.

The basement dwellers passed their own landmark last night, albeit an unwanted one. The 10-0 hammering they got from Wolves took their goal difference for the season to –minus-109, and they have conceded 121 so far.

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Published March 18, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 18, 2011 at 10:12 am)

Historic night for victorious Hood

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