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Dandy Town wary of wounded Zebras

Dandy Town veteran Damon Ming has warned his team-mates not to read too much into PHC's dismal run of form ahead of this weekend's Dudley Eve semi-finals.

Despite losing all three of their opening league matches, PHC remain a force to be reckoned with, insists Ming, whose side face Zebras at Somerset Cricket Club on Sunday at 2pm.

Hornets might have the psychological edge over PHC having dismantled them 3-1 at Southampton Oval last month, although Ming believes it's only a matter of time before rock-bottom Zebras start climbing the table.

“PHC are still a decent side and you wouldn't expect them to be in the position they are in,” said the Bermuda international.

“It would be dangerous to look past them as anything could happen on the day and I know we'll have to work hard for the victory.”

Ming said Hornets, who claimed a league and FA Cup double in 2011-12, are eager to capture the campaign's first piece of silverware after failing to add to their well-stocked trophy cabinet last term.

“We have a good chance to reach a final. We're only one game away now and I'm sure all the boys will be motivated,” he said.

“We've been working hard in training and we just need to keep building with each game and continue our good form.

“We're looking pretty strong as a unit but we can get better and just need to start finishing our chances.”

Hornets' paid for their profligacy in front of goal against Hamilton Parish at the weekend, with the top-flight newcomers holding the title contenders to frustrating 1-1 draw.

And Ming admits the team's strikers must rediscover their goalscoring touch if they are to challenge for honours this season.

“We had a ton of chances against Hamilton Parish but that's been the case all season.

“We've been creating chances all season but we just haven't been capitalising on them.

“As long as we keep on creating chances I'm sure we'll start putting them away.”

At 34, Ming is the elder statesman in a youthful Hornets dressing room although his early-season performances suggest he is still the team's most dangerous attacking outlet.

“I've been performing quite well and putting in my extras,” he said.

“When you get a bit older you have to do a bit extra to keep up with the younger guys.

“I'm really enjoying my football at the moment and just want to build on my good form.”

Damon Ming of Dandy Town (right).

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Published October 12, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm)

Dandy Town wary of wounded Zebras

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