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Hood look to bounce back from thrashing

Robin Hood coach Derek Stapley believes his side can bounce back from their opening day 6-0 thrashing to North Village in the Corona League tonight.

The reigning champions were soundly beaten by their title rivals thanks to two goals from Ralph Bean jr and strikes from Aljame Zuill, Randy Simons, Jawan Thomas and Lamont Simmons.

While praising their opponents for their attacking style and prowess, Stapley said that his team were to blame for their shortcomings, rather then being dominated on the pitch.

“We were well and truly beaten by the better team on the night,” said Stapley. “Village were very impressive with the way they moved the ball around and played an attacking game, but we were just flat from start to finish as well.

“It's not how we wanted to start our league campaign but as I said in the last few weeks you have to put your last game behind you, whether it was us winning the Charity Shield or in this case getting drubbed 6-0.

“As a team we have to learn from the experience but then move forward and focus on our next game.

“I have spoken recently about the influx of players from the Island's Premier Division and this will strengthen the Corona League and make it even more competitive than it has been in the past.”

Next up for the champions is Lock N Key, who also got their season off to a winning start with a 4-3 victory over BAA, and Stapley will caution his side to make the most of the match in order to get back on track.

Hood's match with Key is scheduled for 4pm while North Village and Valley do battle at 2pm, and Lobster Pot clash with West End United in the weekend's final game at 6pm.

Tonight's matches will see Flanagan's Onions lock horns with Vasco at 6.30pm, with Tuff Dogs and BAA set to do battle at 8.30pm.

Aaron Eversley of Robin Hood attempts to break free of Tuff Dogs defender Geoff Sousa in Coronita Charity Shield action last night. Hood won 2-1. Robin Hood v Tuff Dogs (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm)

Hood look to bounce back from thrashing

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