All to play for in final round of matches
While Somerset Trojans and PHC Zebras have the luxury of only having to play for final group placing, Dandy Town and Robin Hood will put it all on the line during the final Dudley Eve group matches on Sunday at Devonshire Rec.
Somerset and PHC are through to the last four after beating Hamilton Parish, now they will bid to finish top of group A. Somerset can top the group with a draw as they have a superior goal difference to PHC following their 3-1 win over Hamilton Parish last weekend.
Things are much tighter in group B where all three teams could finish level on points. Robin Hood beat Devonshire Cougars 2-1 who then bounced back to beat Dandy Town, the defending champions, by the same margin.
Facing elimination, Town have to get a win against Robin Hood in Sunday’s second match (5pm). A victory for the Hornets would leave all three teams on three points, with goal difference deciding the two semi-finalists.
Having watched Robin Hood beat North Village in the recent Charlie Emery Memorial Tournament final, Jomar Wilkinson, the Town coach, expects Hood to be a tough team this season.
“I saw the final between Village and Robin Hood, and Robin Hood really looked organised,” said Wilkinson. “I think they’ll be a team to reckon with this season with the likes of Antwan Russell and Lejuan Simmons, two very exciting, attack-minded players.
“From what I saw of them I’m impressed, very organised, share the ball and play as a team. I think they’ll be in and around challenging for different honours this season.”
Hood will be playing in only their second Dudley Eve match on Sunday, having marked their debut two weeks ago with victory over Cougars, while Dandy Town are chasing a third straight Dudley Eve title after victories over Cougars in 2013-14 and Somerset Trojans last season.
The Dudley Eve semi-finals are scheduled for St David’s on November 1 before the winners meet in the November 11 final at Wellington Oval.