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Steede’s return gives Hornets a boost

Coming home: Steede has rejoined Dandy Town (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Dandy Town, the Premier Division champions, have been bolstered by the return of prodigal son Kwame Steede.

Jomar Wilkinson, the Hornets coach, confirmed yesterday that the former Devonshire Cougars player-coach has returned for another stint at the Pembroke club where he honed his skills as a youngster.

“Kwame Steede has come back home to Dandy Town and we’re glad that he has decided to come back home,” Wilkinson said.

“He is one of Dandy Town’s products and we’re glad to have him back.”

Steede is not eligible to play for Hornets until November 15.

The 36-year-old raised eyebrows after initially severing ties with Devonshire Cougars and joining First Division Wolves.

However, Steede has since had a change of heart and opted to return to his roots at St John’s Field.

Wilkinson said the former Bermuda captain is an asset to his plans for the season.

“Kwame brings experience and a wealth of knowledge and leadership and he’s a good example to the younger players,” Wilkinson said. “He will certainly be an asset to our programme.”

Hornets are unbeaten in their first two outings of the new season.

They won a third successive Charity Cup with victory over Robin Hood, the FA Cup champions, in the traditional season opener and then beat Boulevard in their opening Dudley Eve Trophy group A match to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.

Incidentally, Hornets will face PHC Zebras, who are also through to the last four, in the final round of Dudley Eve Trophy group matches at Police Field on Sunday.

With his team already through to the next round, Wilkinson hinted at tweaking his line-up from the one that beat Boulevard 3-1 at Bernard Park in their previous game.

“We are both through to the next round so this gives us an opportunity to try one or two things,” Wilkinson said.

“Yes, we would like to top our group, but that is not a necessity. The necessity for us is to turn in a good performance and keep building and getting better as a team.”

Wilkinson is bracing himself for what he envisions will be a tough encounter with a PHC side that got their season off to a winning start with a 3-1 triumph over Boulevard in their opening group match at Goose Gosling Field.

“It’s not a necessity for either team to win, but I’m sure that both teams want to win,” Wilkinson said.

“Either way it’s going to be a tough game and no matter what team we send out there we are playing to win.”

The group A match will pit Wilkinson up against his mentor Scott Morton, who is now head coach of PHC.

“Scott actually helped me out when I started coaching Town,” Wilkinson said.

“Scott is a very good coach and I have a lot of respect for him.”

North Village, the only other team through to the semi-finals, face Hood in the remaining group B match at Police Field on Sunday.