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Steede up for the challenge at Hornets

Relegation battle: Dandy Town player-coach Kwame Steede

Kwame Steede admits that he got more than he bargained for after being appointed as Jomar Wilkinson’s successor as Dandy Town coach.

The former Bermuda captain joined Hornets on a late transfer last November and after making only two appearances was handed the top job after Wilkinson was relieved of his duties.

“I didn’t ask for this because I didn’t come here to coach,” Steede said.

“But I’m here to help and if you check my track record I have always been a servant of football. I always help, coach for free or whatever. I’m here to help no matter what and if they needed me in this capacity I’m here.”

Steede celebrated his maiden triumph at the helm at the fourth attempt after Town demolished Somerset Trojans 4-1 at Somerset Cricket Club on Wednesday night in an FA Cup first-round replay after the first encounter ended 1-1 at St John’s Field on January 15.

The experienced player has inherited a task of steering Town, the Premier Division champions, clear of relegation with eight games remaining.

Town are second from the bottom, level on points with last-placed Devonshire Colts, and four points adrift of safety.

Steede is adamant that Town can avoid being relegated from the top flight for the first time in club history.

“If we play like we played [on Wednesday] we should be all right,” he said. “I think we played some quality football.

“When we do play like that I don’t think there are too many teams that can stop that type of flow, so of course I think we can stay up.”

Town will look to continue their winning ways when they travel away to Steede’s former club Devonshire Cougars, the Dudley Eve Trophy and Friendship Trophy champions, when league action resumes on Sunday.

“It’s a big game and I can’t say that there will not be any feelings,” Steede said. “But I’m coming out there for one thing, and that’s to do a job.”

Fourth-placed Cougars edged Town 2-1 in the first league encounter at St John’s Field last October and also beat them 3-1 in the semi-final of the Dudley Eve Trophy en route to the title.

Elsewhere on Sunday, unbeaten leaders PHC Zebras are at home to Trojans at Police Field. Only one point separates Zebras from second and third-placed Robin Hood and North Village, while Trojans are fifth going into Sunday’s match.

Sunday’s remaining top-flight fixtures involve Devonshire Colts at home to North Village at Police Field while Somerset Eagles host Boulevard at White Hill Field.

Robin Hood host Flanagan’s Onions tomorrow night at Goose Gosling Field.

In Sunday’s First Division games, unbeaten leaders Young Men’s Social Club host Southampton Rangers at PHC Field while second placed X-Roads are away to Hamilton Parish at Wellington Oval. Paget Lions are home to Ireland Rangers at Southampton Oval while Wolves entertain St George’s at Devonshire Recreation Club.