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Town and Hood to renew hostilities

Jospeh Perreira and Hood lost to Hornets in the Charity Cup last the weekend.The two teams meet again in the opening weekend of the Premier Division this month(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Dandy Town Hornets and Robin Hood, the top two teams in the Premier Division last season, will meet again when the league champions face the FA Cup winners on September 25.

The two teams kicked off the new campaign last weekend with Town winning their third straight Charity Cup after a 2-1 win at Bernard Park. They will now play again on the first weekend of the league season.

“Hood have gone from strength to strength, my hat goes off to their whole organisation for the job they’ve done and the players they have brought in,” said Jomar Wilkinson, the Town coach.

Somerset Eagles, last season’s First Division champions, meet Devonshire Colts while Flanagan’s Onions mark their return to the top flight with a home match against Somerset Trojans.

In the other matches Boulevard take on North Village at Police Field and Devonshire Cougars meet PHC Zebras at the Devonshire Recreational Club.

Town face Robin, Cougars and Somerset Trojans in their first three matches while Hood, aiming to be serious contenders for the league after their second-place finish last season, will also play Onions and Village in their opening three matches. The First Division, which promises to be strong with as many as six teams expected to challenge for promotion, will start a week later on October 2. Relegated sides Southampton Rangers and Hamilton Parish will play Young Men’s Social Club and X-Roads while St George’s Colts host Wolves.

St David’s, who like St George’s, Wolves, X-Roads, Paget Lions and Social Club have made several key signings, begin their new campaign at home to BAA while Ireland Island Rangers host Paget.

The following weekend pits Paget at home to St George’s, Wolves taking on BAA and X-Roads playing Southampton Rangers.

Goose Gosling Field has been confirmed as the venue for the semi-finals of the Dudley Eve Trophy on October 19. The final will be held at Devonshire Recreation Club on the traditional date of November 11.

The Friendship Trophy and Shield semi-finals and finals are scheduled for Boxing Day and December 27 with the finals set for New Year’s Day.

The Dudley Eve Trophy continues on Saturday at Bernard Park with Hood playing Cougars and Town taking on Boulevard in the second match. The starting times have been brought forward to 1pm and 3pm.