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‘We can escape the drop’ Lightbourne

Kyle Lightbourne has urged Robin Hood to give themselves a “fighting chance” of avoiding relegation by defeating Flanagan’s Onions.

Hood are rooted to the bottom of the table but a win on Saturday could lift them to within two points of safety providing eighth place Wolves lose to Devonshire Cougars tomorrow.

Lightbourne remains confident that Hood, who have tough games against Cougars and PHC on the horizon, can still pull off the great escape and believes a win over Onions will instil renewed hope and belief in the dressing room.

“Without a doubt, it’s definitely a big game for us and we must get the three points,” said Lightbourne, who took charge of Hood at the start of the season.

“A win would give us a fighting chance of staying up and give us something to build on.

“I’ve told the players if we can win half of our remaining league games we will stay up.”

Hood endured a torrid start to the season, losing their opening five matches, but have improved since the November transfer window when they picked up free-scoring striker Antwan Russell and teenage defender Dominique Williams.

However, back-to-back defeats against North Village and Somerset Trojans have left Hood facing an uphill struggle to secure their Premier Division survival.

Lightbourne has refused to make excuses for Hood’s plight but points to his threadbare squad as the chief explanation behind his side’s struggles.

“I wouldn’t say we’ve had in-house problems but we have had difficulties with players being unavailable.,” he said.

“I’m not making any excuses but I said at the start of the season we would struggle because of the size of our squad.

“Against Trojans we had we just two outfield players on the bench and two goalkeepers.

“We get good numbers in training but when it comes to the games we have struggled because players have either been unavailable or injured.”

Hood will again be missing several key players when they face Onions with several youngsters returning overseas to resume their studies.

Lightbourne added: “In the last few games I’ve been disappointed that we didn’t get anything out of the games.

“I thought we dominated Somerset (Trojans) and were very unfortunate not to get the win I thought we played quite well.

“Unfortunately we won’t have the same team (against Onions) as last weekend because a few guys have gone back to school. We definitely won’t be at full strength.”

Hood face Onions at BAA Field at 9pm on Saturday.

Crunch time: Kyle Lightbourne's (centre) Robin Hood take on Flanagan's Onions on Saturday.

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Published January 10, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 09, 2013 at 6:10 pm)

‘We can escape the drop’ Lightbourne

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