St George’s face simple task – win or go down
Kameron Fox's pregame team talk to his St George's players tomorrow will probably start something like “fellas, win and we stay up, simple as that.”
The East Enders will have it all to play for when they take on Robin Hood in their final match of the season at Wellington Oval, knowing that a of any sort will see them avoid relegation on goal difference.
It is something the St George's players and fans will have worked out immediately after the results from Tuesday's matches were known, confirming Flanagan's Onions for the drop and leaving Southampton Rangers nervously waiting for the result from the match in St George's tomorrow where anything but a St George's win will confirm Rangers' survival.
St George's clinched promotion with Robin Hood last March when they drew at home with Devonshire Colts, who went into that final match trailing by three points and needing to win. Colts have already clinched promotion this year, along with Boulevard, while St George's will be desperate to secure their place in the top flight next season.
St George's looked doomed a couple of weeks ago when they lost at home to Onions. The result dropped them to the bottom of the standings and the Bermuda Football Association's decision to rearrange the final round of matches to accommodate Onions, who have a number of players abroad this weekend, left them at a disadvantage, also.
However, a helping hand came from the new champions, Somerset Trojans, where their second and third goals scored by teenager Jaz Ratteray-Smith served to help the St George's cause as now they and Rangers have an identical goal difference of minus-eight
Instead of having to win by three goals, St George's just need to gain the three points against a Robin Hood side that earned promotion with them last season and have nothing to play for as they are certain of a top six finish to qualify for Dudley Eve next season.
In the remaining match tomorrow, PHC end their season with their second match at PHC Field since the ground was reopened to Premier Division games back in January. PHC lost that first match to North Village, but have the opportunity to end the season on a high note with victory over Hamilton Parish.
n The Bermuda Football Association has confirmed Richard Todd's resignation as National Academy Director and thanked him for his time the role.
In a brief statement the BFA also thanked Todd for his work with the national team and wished him “every success in his future endeavours.”
The governing body said it planned on advertising the “paid part-time post” soon and hoped to fill the vacancy “as quickly as possible.”