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Hapless Hornets hit rock bottom

Dandy Town have the dubious distinction of being the only team not to win a match in the Premier Division this season after they crashed to a 6-4 defeat away to Devonshire Colts yesterday.

The tie for first and last places in the top flight was broken when North Village suffered their first loss in the league, a 3-1 defeat against Devonshire Cougars at Devonshire Recreation Club.

The result enabled PHC, 6-1 winners at home to Somerset Eagles, to move into sole possession of first place.

At the other end of the table, Hornets are now bottom, the only team without a league win after Colts ripped them apart at Police Field in a bottom-of-the-table clash.

Zebras, who handed Robin Hood their first loss last weekend, are now the only team unbeaten in the Premier Division, having picked up 19 points so far.

“The players were outstanding as far as their response to the team talk and the objective that we had, so all credit to them today,” Scott Morton, the PHC coach, said.

“We had about five or six chances that should have been converted in the first half, so at half-time I told the players to just keep doing what they are doing and find a way to put the ball in the back of the net.

“We just had to find the composure around the goal to finish it off because all the build-up was good but the end product was what was required.”

Colts were not intimidated by the league champions, racing off to a 4-1 lead at the half as Town's fans sat stunned on the bank at Police Field.

Striker Kyle Jones led the Colts scoring with a hat-trick as Town also had midfielder Jahmel Swan sent off midway through the second half. Angelo Simmons, the Town captain, limped off with a groin injury as Town finished with nine men.

Town have just one point from seven matches and already trail PHC by 20 points. Colts are hoping to build on their first win of the season.

“We really needed three points today, we've been training well but it's not been reflected in the game,” Ray Jones, the Colts coach, said.

“Today was more about effort, I wouldn't say there was a lot of style from us, and we came with the energy level required to play at this level.

“If we can maintain that then results will start to go our way. We're happy for the three points, our first win of the season, so hopefully we can go on from this.”

Colts's win could have been even more convincing, but they started to show defensive frailties after going up 6-1 in the 66th minute.

“We have been feeling all season that if we can get a lead we're a different team,” Jones said.

“Today we had an excellent start, we started Kyle realising that points are important and a little bit more experience on the pitch would count.

“In the first half because our energy level was there and their mental frailty was probably at the same level as us, it was a matter of who was going to score first.

“For us getting the [first] goal it gave us belief. In the end it was closer than it should have been.

“They had a man sent off and then went a man down and that's where our lack of seniority kicked in because, really, we should have just put our foot on the ball and just knocked it around and closed the match out.

“We're on the board now and just have to keep pushing on.”

Reports, page 34, 35

Photograph by Lawrence Trott Kor-von Tucker plays peacekeeper as he steps in between Colts's Jomei Bean-Lindo and Jahmel Swan. Swan was later sent off for a second booking after fouling the same player

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Published November 28, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated November 28, 2016 at 12:12 am)

Hapless Hornets hit rock bottom

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