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Hornets still team to beat

PHC seem to have found the secret to beating Dandy Town this season, after a second triumph over the Hornets in the Friendship Trophy on Wednesday night at Goose Gosling Field.

The Zebras pulled off their second cup win over the Hornets in a month, after losing 4-0 to them in the league in October.

Defeats in the Dudley Eve Trophy and Friendship Trophy leave Town with just two trophies to aim for over the next few months.

They remain favourites in the league, however, where they are still unbeaten, but their reign as FA Cup champions will be under threat when they take on North Village in a tough first round tie in January.

Town's winning team against Hamilton Parish on Sunday at Wellington Oval was tweaked in defence, where Mikkail Crockwell replaced youngster Ajai Daniels in goal, while in the back four Damon Ming came in to play at full back, while Seion Darrell played alongside K'wonde Lathan.

Llineiko Millett was switched from left back to midfield, while George Dyer was on the bench.

A Crockwell fumble led to PHC's first goal at Goose Gosling Field as Cecoy Robinson pounced. Then Ming fouled Casey Castle early in the second half, and Robinson completed his hat-trick from the resulting penalty.

Town have been quick to bounce back from cup losses this season, and will be favourites for three more points at home to Devonshire Colts, presently third in the table.

Town lead the league by three points over Robin Hood who face North Village at Bernard Park while PHC, ten points behind the leaders, face a tricky visit to Somerset to meet the league champions. Trojans are fourth and PHC sixth.

Boulevard take Devonshire Cougars in an early season relegation battle between the eighth and ninth place teams. Boulevard drew with Devonshire Colts last weekend, two days after Cougars picked up their first win of the season against Village.

In the other match, Hamilton Parish, who are bottom, will play Southampton Rangers at Wellington Oval.

The top match in the First Division will take place on Saturday night, when leaders St David's look to put a disappointing few days behind them when they meet Flanagan's Onions, second, at Goose Gosling Field.

St David's suffered two losses to St George's this week and another loss would see them replaced at the top by Onions, who are just two points behind. Onions also lost last weekend, to Somerset Eagles, as the promotion race tightened up with just four points now separating the top five teams.

St George's meet an improving Paget side at Wellington Oval, while BAA take on Young Men's Scoial Club at Goose Gosling Field, and Eagles entertain Wolves at White Hill Field.

League leaders: Dominique Williams and his Dandy Town team-mates are still the side to beat, despite their recent poor performances in cup competitions (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published December 04, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 04, 2015 at 1:14 am)

Hornets still team to beat

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