Lambe on target in warm-up friendly
Bermuda put the final touches to their World Cup qualifying preparations with a 1-1 draw against Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Florida yesterday.
Former Ipswich Town winger Reggie Lambe was on target for the Gombey Warriors against the US side, formerly known as Miami FC, who play in the North American Soccer League.
Head coach Boyles saw some encouraging signs during his team's performance but admitted he was disappointed they failed to maintain a clean sheet.
“We had a friendly this morning with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, which was pleasing in that we got a game under our belts and scored, but also a little disappointing in that we conceded,” said the team's new head coach.
“It was a good run out and it was a perfect game to enable the coaching staff to see the players against good opposition. The game helped us to move along in our preparation and we are getting closer to being ready for the match.
“The mood in the camp is really good, we played two good halves but it was a five minute period after we conceded that we wobbled a bit, but the same can be said when we scored because we bossed the game and looked in good nick, so it is really a matter of sorting out a few things that will get us the result we are looking for.”
“We leave today and will be there with enough time to get accustomed to the elements and more importantly we have no injury concerns heading into the game so we will be at full strength.”
Boyles has spent the past few days in Florida running the rule over some potential skippers, but remained tight-lipped on who would be wearing the captain's armband come Friday.
“We don't know who will skipper the side. We have looked at a couple of people and have another training session this afternoon, so we will sleep on the decision and announce the captain closer to the game,” said Boyles.
“We will certainly make the announcement to the team soon so to ease the tension of who will guide the side in the first game.
“Being the captain of your country is a responsibility but also an honour and we want this person to be someone who is heavily involved in the team, so it shouldn't comes as a burden. If it is one of the top players in the team he will embrace this moment and look to make the most of it.
“We are trying to make sure that we are comfortable in the team that will be selected right now and the captaincy will be announced in the near future.”
Bermuda's squad: Freddy Hall, Seion Darrell, Nahki Wells, Angelo Simmons, Khano Smith, Taurean Manders, Kamen Tucker, Tyrell Burgess, Jason Davis, Roger Lee Jr., Tahj Bell, Antwon Russell, Devrae Tankard, Damon Ming, Ernest Trott, Reggie Lambe Thompson, LaShun Dill, Daniel Johnson, Chris Casey, Zeiko Lewis, Devaun DeGraff, Quadir Maynard. Devarr Boyles (Head Coach), Gary Darrell (Assistant Coach), Maurice Lowe (Assistant Coach), Craig Brown (Physio), Stephen Coddington
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