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Coke ruled out of historic match

Getting through: Ian Coke of Dandy Town slips between PHC defenders Marquel Waldron and Na’eem Griffith at PHC Field last weekend (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Ian Coke will miss Dandy Town’s trip to the West End to play Somerset Trojans in the island’s first Saturday afternoon Premier Division match.

Striker Coke suffered a groin injury just before half-time in his side’s defeat to PHC Zebras last weekend and was unable to return after the break.

He hopes to be fit for next weekend’s match at home to North Village.

“Hopefully I should be getting ready for the Village match,” Coke said. “It was a freak tweak at the end of the half, the last counter-attack we went on ... I’ve been out of training all week, doing physio.”

Town have lost their opening two matches without scoring. Last season they lost their first four matches, but Coke feels things are starting to turn around as he settles into his new surroundings.

“We’re looking to move forward and build on the positive showing we had,” he said. “We gave Zebras a run for their money. Hopefully we can start getting some points and some goals.

“Zero points and zero goals is not a position Dandy Town are used to being in.

“All we’ve got to do is get off the mark with our first few points and I feel that we can get the ball rolling. There’s too much talent not to be in contention for the league and cup competitions.”

PHC, Robin Hood, Devonshire Cougars and North Village are locked in a four-way tie for the top spot, with two opening wins, although that will change this weekend when first meets fourth and second take on third. They are also the same four teams in the semi-finals of the Dudley Eve.

PHC, first on goal difference, travel to Bernard Park to take on North Village while Hood play Cougars at the Devonshire Recreation Club on Sunday.

At the other end of the table, five teams are still seeking their first wins, including promoted sides X-Roads and Young Men’s Social Club.

X-Roads host Boulevard in their third straight home game at Garrison Field while Young Men’s Social Club welcome Flanagan’s Onions to Police Field for another match where a first league win is up for grabs.

BAA have moved to the top of the First Division on goal difference and will hope for a third straight win when they face third-placed Devonshire Colts at Police Field on Sunday.

It will be the toughest test so far for Kenny Thompson’s side, with Colts still unbeaten after sharing the points with Southampton Rangers in their opening match.

Rangers take on Wolves at Devonshire Recreation Club while St George’s Colts, the other team with six points, play Paget Lions at Southampton Oval. Hamilton Parish, bottom on goal difference, play Somerset Eagles at Wellington Oval.

Ireland Rangers host St David’s in Saturday’s match at Malabar Field at 3pm.