Title hopes are down to us, says Bean
Ralph Bean Jr, the North Village Rams coach, believes every match remaining in the Premier Division is a cup final for the majority of teams in the league.
Village, who are two points adrift of leaders Dandy Town, host PHC Zebras at Bernard Park tomorrow with valuable points up for grabs for both sides.
A win for Village will have them continuing on the league title trail, while three points for the away side will keep them firmly in the Dudley Eve places for next season.
PHC hold down the sixth and final spot for the tournament.
With no margin for error left for his side, Bean does not want his team’s hard work this season go to waste.
“Every game from here on out is a cup final, you have to look at them as if you have no choice but to win if not everything you have worked for doesn’t come to fruition,” Bean said.
In such a tight title race heading into the final three games, Bean has told his players not to focus on other results.
“I told my players to not look at anyone’s results apart from our own because that takes away from the focus and concentration that is needed to get a job done,” he said.
One welcoming sight is the solid defending from Village’s back four in the previous five games, conceding only three goals while earning eight points in the process.
The combination of Jahleel Crockwell, Tyrell Burgess, Devrae Tankard and Jason Davis have provided the backbone for their recent run of form, and Bean hopes the surety of the defence continues.
“Early on in the season our defence wasn’t the best, but as the games have come and gone we have found a nice balance across the board,” Bean said.
“It is always nice to see the hard work that is put in on the training ground come out in the games, and with us being in the situation we are in now we have the belief we can win close games.
“These are the circumstances that any player who wants to be successful will embrace, and we want to live in the moment and enjoy the upcoming games.”
Elsewhere in the Premier Division this weekend, Flanagan’s Onions host Somerset Trojans at Goose Gosling Field tonight, with kick-off set for 9pm.
Tomorrow will see Dandy Town travel to Southampton Oval to play Southampton Rangers, and the bottom two take on each other when Wolves play St David’s at Devonshire Recreation Club.
Defending champions Devonshire Cougars are in a must-win situation when they take on Hamilton Parish at Wellington Oval if they are to remain in the title hunt.
In the First Division, BAA Wanderers welcome X-Roads to the Goose Gosling Field at 7pm tonight.
First Division leaders Robin Hood play second place St George’s at Wellington Oval tomorrow, with a win confirming their place in the top-flight next season
Third place Devonshire Colts will be looking to make the most of any slip-up between the top two when they play Young Men’s Social Club at Bernard Park.
Boulevard entertain Island Ireland Rangers at Police Field, while Paget and Somerset Eagles clash at Southampton Oval.