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Simmons wonders what might have been

Southampton Rangers 2Southampton Rangers defender Kemon Simmons feels it was two points dropped after his side let a two-goal lead slip against defending champions North Village at Southampton Oval yesterday.

North Village 2

Having been up two nil at the break courtesy of a Dennis Russell double, the hosts allowed the visitors back into the match through Lashun Dill and Jason Lee.

“It was two points dropped for us in my opinion, being two nil up at the half should be a comfortable situation considering we were at home,” said Simmons.

“We had that ten minute spell where we let them back in, but credit to them as they are the champions and have a lot of fight.”

It took Rangers all of three minutes to go ahead after Russell dispatched an indirect free kick into the top corner of the net.

The striker then doubled the lead just before the half, with a thunderbolt that hit the inside of the near post at an acute angle, puncturing the net.

Nerves were put on edge after Dill’s shot deflected off a defender and beat Jason Smith in the Rangers goal, and it was all even minutes later when Lee was put through and made no mistake with his effort.

Both sides hunted for the winner and came close but honours were to remain even with neither able to hit the telling blow.

“We did well, worked for what we got, they can’t say we didn’t deserve something out of the game and we will look to the next game and go from there,” said Simmons.

J Smith, K Symonds, A Russell, K Simmons, M Simmons, M Burch, I Mallory, Y Bean(R Lowe, 55), E Stoneham, D Russell, C Castle

Southampton Rangers:

Substitutes not used: J Caisey, V Perinchief, T Ford

Goals: Russell,3,42

North Village: R Dublin, K Dill, T Burgess, D Tankard, J Boyles (J Jennings, 66), L Dill, S DeGraff, J Lee, R Bean, K Dill (T Deshields, 55), J Davis

Substitutes not used: L Alexander, J Jennings, D Washington, D Grant

Bookings: L Dill

Goals: Dill, 47, Lee, 67

Referee: M Wyer

Man of the Match: J Davis (Village)

Antwan Russell scored four goals as PHC moved to the top fo the Premier Division with a comfortable win over Boulevard Saturday night at BAA Field.

Boulevard 2

PHC 5

Russell added to his already impressive goal tally so far this season to put his side on top of the charts after Lonnie Bascome had got the ball rolling for the side.

Temiko Wilson grabbed both of Boulevard’s goals, who also had their goalkeeper sent off in the second half.

“It was a good game, they came to us with the fight we expected and although they died off towards the game it was still entertaining,” said Russell.

“They are a good team and can’t be counted out, but it was a good night for us.

“I’m good form at the moment, I struggled last year in front of the net, but it doesn’t matter who scores as long as we get the three points, that’s the main thing.”

Bascome opened the scoring before Wilson levelled matters.

It was then the Russell show as the Bermuda international helped himself to the four goals before Wilson snatched his second of the game for Blazers.

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Published November 21, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 21, 2011 at 9:00 am)

Simmons wonders what might have been

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