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Ming: Players must make most of England C chance

Damon Ming believes Bermuda’s match against England C has taken on greater importance following Bermuda Hogges’ withdrawal from the Premier Development League (PDL).

Bermuda Football Association had planned to use Hogges’ summer campaign to prepare the national team players for the NatWest Island Games on home soil.

But, in the absence of the Hogges, next Tuesday’s England C game will be the only competitive match before the Island Games in which Bermuda are expected to be gunning for gold medal glory.

Ming said: “The game against England C holds greater importance now for our Island Games preparation as we don’t have the Hogges matches to help us prepare and give the coaches a chance to see what the players can do.

“In that regard, it’s a big game for us to go out and put on a good show because not everyone is guaranteed a spot in the Island Games squad, so everyone will be looking to impress.”

Ming, who played under England C coach Paul Fairclough briefly at Barnet, believes the game could offer some of Bermuda’s top youngsters a chance to put themselves in the shop window.

“In games like this, if you play well, the opposition players return home to their respective clubs and give their coaches some idea as to what they saw maybe one or two of our players will get looked at if they do well.”

Although there are no Hogges game on the horizon, with the team quitting the PDL due to lack of sponsorship, Ming believes the hard work the players have put in during training over the last month will stand them in good stead.

“The training has been wonderful, not since Kenny Thompson was the national team coach have I seen this amount of players come to training on a regular basis and put work in,” said the Dandy Town midfielder.

“We won’t have the match fitness without the Hogges games but between us we are showing a high level of commitment and are pushing one another.

“Whatever team (Andrew Bascome) selects, it will be a strong side ready to compete for top honours.”

Ming, who has been a regular for Hogges since their first season in 2007, praised club’s owner Paul Scope for his “fantastic” commitment to the local game over the years.

He believes the franchise will be sorely missed this season in terms of giving young players experience of overseas competition.

“It’s unfortunate for the players that are coming through because it would have been a good experience them to get some international games under their belt,” said the 34-year-old.

“The whole idea Paul had for the Hogges was to give players in the younger age groups the chance to showcase their skills to potential scouts.

“Credit to him for helping Bermuda football and creating avenues for players to go overseas. He has put a lot of money into the Hogges and has backed it fantastically.”

Bermuda take on England C at the National Sports Centre on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

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Published May 29, 2013 at 9:17 am (Updated May 29, 2013 at 9:17 am)

Ming: Players must make most of England C chance

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