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Rampant Blazers boost survival chances

Boulevard 3 Robin Hood 0Boulevard gave themselves a fighting chance of avoiding the drop after a convincing victory over a below par Robin Hood at BAA Field.

Yesterday’s surprise win was only Blazers’s second in 15 attempts this season and lifted them to within four points of safety.

With three games remaining, they will have renewed belief of pulling off the great escape with their deserved victory over Hood making a mockery of Blazers’s basement dwelling league position. After a goalless first half Blazers, who held an emergency meeting last week to discuss the future of the club, took the lead early in the second half when young striker Shenouda Outerbridge scrambled the ball home from an inswinging corner kick.

Hood coach Andrew Bascome responded by making a swift double substitution, bringing on Daniel Andrade and Dunte Albouy, but it was Blazers who continued to show the greater attacking intent.

On 70 minutes Blazers extended their lead when Outerbridge capitalised on a sloppy pass by Hood defender Joshua Crockwell and released substitute striker Temeiko Wilson who powered his strike past goalkeeper Jason Simmons.

Outerbridge, who was wearing the Blazers’ number 10 shirt for the first time since Shaki Crockwell, who was killed in 2007, then added a third, dancing his way through the Hood backline before stroking the ball into the far corner.

Hood created and missed several chances late on with David Outerbridge the chief culprit twice squandering one-on-one-opportunities, blazing over with the goal at his mercy before failing to take the ball past keeper Randy Broadbelt.

Blazers’ head coach Haile Outerbridge praised his team’s character and insisted they could claw their way out relegation trouble. He also revealed that Outerbridge’s shirt would be presented to Shaki Crockwell’s father, Danny, and not be worn again.

“He knew we needed some help today and we brought Shaki Crockwell’s number ten shirt out of retirement,” he said.

“Shenouda did the shirt credit scoring two goals and we will be giving the jersey to Shaki’s dad. We would like to dedicate this victory to Shaki and his shirt will go back into retirement now.

“Anything is still possible and hopefully we can build on this performance and fig

Boulevard: R Broadbelt, A Foggo, R Wilson, J Crockwell, N Smith, A Famous (A Gibbions, 46), S Robinson, A Smith (T Wilson, 70), R Burgess

Substitutes not used: D Taylor, T Lowe

Yellow card: Broadbelt

Goals: Ouerbridge, 60, 88, Wilson, 78

Robin Hood: J Simmons, J Duffy, J Crockwell, K Robinson, T Terceira, M Watson, D Outerbridge, R Paul (D Albouy 75), B Robinson (D Andrade, 75), D Blyden, D Bascome

Substitutes not used: T Figureido, M Thomas, M Hunt, C Watson

Referee: L Wilson

Man of the match: S Outerbridge

(Photo by Mark Tatem) Boulevard?s Robert Wilson (left) clears the ball while under pressure from Robin Hood striker David Outerbridge at BAA Field yesterday. Blazers won 3-0.

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Published February 27, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 27, 2012 at 8:28 am)

Rampant Blazers boost survival chances

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