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Jones backs Hornets to avoid drop

Devonshire Colts will look to build on last weekend's shock 6-4 win at home to Dandy Town when they travel to take on Somerset Trojans on Friday night.

Colts, who are in their second season back in the top flight, are facing another battle for survival.

They remain in the bottom two in the table, but a win over Somerset would move them two places up and level with Trojans in mid-table.

“At this stage of the season three points is the main thing,” Ray Jones, the team's coach, said. “It's about points now and if we can get some points, get some momentum and then we can look at the style coming a bit later.”

Colts seized early changes to take a 4-1 lead at the half against Hornets, with striker Kyle Jones scoring a hat-trick after being preferred in attack to teenager D'Andre Wainwright.

“We had been holding back Kyle as it looked like he was around to help, but he's going to step up more than just helping,” Jones said. “We had been playing a 16-year-old as a striker, but today points were important.”

This time last season both Colts and Town were in the top three before Colts faded in the second half, winning just one of their last nine matches and only just finishing ahead of Southampton Rangers to avoid relegation.

Jones believes Town, the defending champions, have plenty of quality and will battle hard to survive the drop.

“If you look at the players they had on the field, there was Dale Eve, a former professional, Kwame Steede, a former Bermuda captain, Angelo Simmons, last season's MVP, Tomiko Goater, the young player [of the year], Damon Ming, a Bermuda player,” he said.

“So when you look at their squad on paper compared to my squad on paper, I expect them to pull themselves out of it. But regardless of where they are, my players can keep their heads up high and say, ‘Hey, we just defeated the league champions', and that's just as real as it can be.

“It was a good result for the youngsters and now we've just got to buckle down and work harder and harder. Hopefully we can get some more points and keep going.

“It would be nice to close out [the first half] with a couple of positive results. It would definitely change the complexion for us in the second half of the season. We will have some relief with a couple of college players who will play in the Friendship Trophy so that we don't exhaust our squad.

“At this stage, because we are so far behind, we have to concentrate on survival and as quickly as possible start accumulating some points.”

Somerset, with only one win so far, will be without captain Trevin Ming who limped off in their recent drawn match against Boulevard with a thigh injury and sat out the defeat to Robin Hood last weekend.

“I haven't trained so we'll have to see how it feels this week, but it feels a bit better,” the defender said.

“It feels like it's on track; it's healing pretty good. I have to wait for it to completely heal so that I don't have a setback.”

Trojans are just three points above the relegation zone, having not won since October 23 when they beat Town 1-0.

“There were some surprises last weekend and we stayed in the same spot in the table, so we definitely need to start getting three points to get up in the mix instead of being midway,” Ming said.

Photograph by Lawrence Trott Seion Darrell, of Dandy Town, awaits the outcome after a challenge between Tomei Bean-Lindo, of Colts, and Tomiko Goater at Police Field

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Published November 30, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated November 29, 2016 at 9:07 pm)

Jones backs Hornets to avoid drop

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