Boss Bascome confident ahead of new season
Robin Hood coach Andrew Bascome insists his Premier Division new boys have set their sights far higher than mere survival.
Hood, who finished runners-up in the First Division last season, have bolstered their squad with the arrival of Bermuda Hogges defender Daniel Andrade along with Aaron Nelson, Nelson Smith and Damali Bell from Boulevard.
And Bascome is confident those new additions, coupled with the players that achieved promotion last term, are more than good enough to beat relegation.
“It’s exciting times and we’ve managed to pick up some good young players,” he said. “I’m looking to be very competitive and I think I have as much chance of winning as anyone else.
“We want more than just survival; we’re entering the race to win. We will be looking to get positive results from every game.”
Bascome is also urging his new signings to adopt the same commitment and dedication as the Hood players who have performed so well for him over the past two seasons.
“It’s important the new players learn from the commitment that was there before they came,” Bascome said. “That’s so important because talent is one thing but commitment is something else.”
Also joining Bascome’s backroom team will be Spanish coaches David Sanz Cercos and Juan Carlos Magro Oliva, who are coaching at Valencia’s FC Bermuda-based Academy.
The La Liga giants have sent two of their coaches to the Island as part of a long-term agreement with Bascome’s ABC Football School.
“I’m going to have the assistance of the Spanish coaches which should be interesting for the players,” he said. “It’s a whole new level in terms of the way those coaches prepare for a session, so I’m fortunate to have their help.”
Bascome admitted the top tier would test those Hood players without experience of the Premier Division but backed them to adapt to the higher level.
“I’m sure it’s going to be a challenge for them because it’s something different for the likes of Teddy (Terceira) and Joel (Duffy) but these guys should have no fear because they’re just as committed, if not more, than most Premier Division players. If they stay humble and are prepared to do the work then I’m sure they will feel comfortable.”
Hood take on St David’s at BAA Field next Saturday at 9 pm.
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