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Do or die for Rangers and Blazers

It’s judgement day at Southampton Oval tomorrow for both Southampton Rangers and Boulevard as the two sides collide with survival in the top flight at stake.

The clubs are level on points,11, although the hosts’ goal difference is better by seven goals.

That means Boulevard must win as a draw would condemn them to the First Division with already relegated St David’s.

Rangers were in the same predicament last year, avoiding relegation with a game to spare. But according to defender Kemon Simmons the side don’t believe their league placing justifies their overall season

“It is a big game for us but we just need to compose ourselves and get the result that is needed to keep us in the top flight,” said Simmons. “Last year we did the same thing but came out on top and kept our survival in the top flight, we just put our heads down and do what is needed of us.

“We can say it’s any other game but to both sides there is a lot at stake.”

Blazers enter the match on the back of taking seven out of a possible nine points in their last three outings, including victory over St David’s last weekend in a crucial must-win game to set up this week’s encounter. They also beat Robin Hood and forced a draw with PHC at Southampton Oval.

Rangers lost to Devonshire Cougars 1-0 last weekend when a win at home would have been good enough to see them stay up. Now everything comes down to the final day.

The clubs’ first league meeting ended 2-2 at BAA Field on the final weekend before the Christmas break.

Admitting that their opponents are the in-form team in Bermuda at the moment, Simmons believes his side can produce the goods that will keep the club in the Premier Division.

“They are the in-form team of the league right now and it is important for us to stay up but more important to the fans and the club that we come out with the hunger that is needed to get the result.

“We don’t believe we should be in this position in the league but we feel we can survive and go into the pre-season with a new found belief and hopefully we can move on and learn from this.”

Elsewhere, Dandy Town will get their title celebrations underway when they host Devonshire Cougars at St John’s Field, while St David’s clash with St George’s at Lords.

Robin Hood end their first ever top flight campaign against PHC at BAA Field, while Somerset Trojans make the trek to Bernard Park to lock horns with North Village.

First Division promotion could be settled tonight as Flanagan’s Onions need three points to all but confirm their spot in the top flight next term. They take on X’Roads.

The side currently hold a three-point advantage over BAA with two games left and have a vastly superior goal difference (+52) to BAA’s (+27).

Coach Michael Ward is aware of the importance of tonight’s match, particularly with their opponents having nothing to lose.

“I don’t think we are feeling any pressure,” said Ward. “Obviously it’s a big game for us to take that extra step towards promotion but we have to enjoy it.

“If we don’t enjoy it, than why do we play? If we don’t enjoy it we lose focus and confidence.

“Hopefully any pressure we are under will make us stronger and we need to use it in the right way and to our advantage.

“X’Roads might have nothing to play for but they will still have a point to prove and will want to beat us.

“They always give us a good game and I’m sure this will be no different than any other.

“We just need to focus on ourselves and deliver the goods on the night.”

BAA will be looking at the result with a keen eye as they play Prospect tomorrow.

Also on tap tomorrow is Young Men’s Social Club’s battle with Ireland Rangers at Bernard Park while Paget welcome First Division champions Wolves to White Hill Field. All First Division games kick off at 12pm while all Premier Division games kick off at 3pm.

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Published March 17, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 17, 2012 at 8:27 am)

Do or die for Rangers and Blazers

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