Town must avoid complacency, says Ming
Damon Ming, the Dandy Town captain, is adamant that his side will not take Robin Hood for granted in this weekend's FA Cup semi-final at Southampton Oval.
Hood won the First Division title last weekend, drawing 2-2 with Ireland Island Rangers at Wellington Oval, while Town had the weekend off after the Bermuda Football Association was forced to rearrange the Premier Division fixtures due to a shortage of match officials.
Ming admits that Hood will be brimming with confidence after returning to the top-flight, but said that Town were fully focused on their league and FA Cup mission.
Town travel to Devonshire Cougars on Sunday, March 30 in the league curtain call, with a victory guaranteeing them a second title in three seasons.
“Our preparations have been good for the weekend,” Ming said. “We aren't taking anything for granted, so we have trained hard for Sunday.
“The break gave us a chance to get players back healthy and work on a few things that may happen in the game, but we are prepared for whatever happens, good or bad.
“It should be an interesting game because on paper you would think that we should have a routine win.
“On the flip side, however, Hood won the First Division and will be backing themselves as well to come out and cause a few surprises against us.”
Town have won their last three league matches and have a two-point lead over second place North Village.
Hood lost only one match in their entire league campaign, winning the title on goal difference ahead of St George's Colts. Hood only conceded a meagre 17 goals in the First Division.
One factor that may play into Hood's hands could be the relocation of the semi-final matches from Goose Gosling Field to the less spacious Southampton Oval.
“We were on a good run before the break and now we want to carry that momentum into the semi-final and look to get the result that will have us trying to win another cup this season,” Ming said.
“A key factor will be the tempo because changing the venue from Goose Gosling Field, which has lots of space that we felt we could have used, to Southampton Oval that is smaller and narrower.
“We want to be on the front foot from the beginning, we know form goes out the window when it comes to cup competitions and we don't want to get caught out.”
Town and Hood's match starts at 2pm, while the other semi-final will pit defending champions Devonshire Cougars against North Village at 4pm.