Cougars looking for early revenge
Devonshire Cougars will have a chance to exact revenge on North Village after their Charity Cup loss when they open their 2010/11 season at Bernard Park tomorrow in an early battle of title contenders.
The pair open their campaigns with hopes of lofting the title come season’s end and Cougars would like nothing more than to send out an early message to both the champions and their fellow title rivals that they will be among the pack come season’s end.
For coach Dennis Brown, it is important to start out on the right foot, regardless if it is the champions or a newly promoted team.
“It is very important to get off to a good start to any season but we must remember that a season is a marathon and not a sprint so consistency is the top priority,” said Brown. “There are no easy matches in the Premier Division so whether we play the champions or anybody else, it will still be a difficult match.
“We are looking forward to the match against the champions on Sunday.”
Brown was adamant that the loss to Village would have no bearing on the outcome of tomorrow’s match but more of a learning curve for the side as they enter the league fixtures.
Since the defeat, Cougars have thrashed PHC 6-2 and seem to be coming together at the right time for the manager, who has since made subtle adjustments to his team’s style of play.
“The loss in the first match was not a setback but a learning lesson for me and the team because I am still getting to know my players and they are still coming to grips with the methods being deployed.
“The difference for us in the match will be to make the necessary adjustments from the first match to the upcoming match and the team who controls the match will ultimately control the outcome.”
Runners-up a year ago, PHC will look to get their first win of the season when they welcome Somerset Trojans to Southampton Oval, having suffered two crushing defeats in their opening Dudley Eve matches.
Also on tomorrow’s slate, Southampton Rangers travel to Wellington Oval to tackle St George’s while Boulevard travel across town to St John’s Field to meet a new look Dandy Town.
Robin Hood, in their first ever Premier Division match, will open the league campaign when they entertain St David’s at BAA Field tonight at 9 pm.
All premier matches tomorrow are scheduled to start at 3 pm.