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Hunt sees positives for revived Trojans

No looking back: Somerset Trojans coach Musceo Hunt has endured a difficult start to his coaching career at senior level but hopes Thursday’s shock win over PHC in the Dudley Eve Trophy semi-finals can help the former West End power to rediscover the belief (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Musceo Hunt, the Somerset Trojans coach, is convinced that his team have the potential to become a leading force in local football and has pointed to their recent Dudley Eve Trophy semi-final upset over holders PHC Zebras as a shining example.

Somerset edged PHC 5-4 in a sudden-death penalty shoot-out at Goose Gosling Field on Thursday night after 120 minutes of football failed to separate two of the island’s most decorated clubs.

Jaden Ratteray-Smith converted the winning penalty to send Somerset through to their first Dudley Eve final in three seasons, just eight games into Hunt’s maiden stint coaching at senior level.

“It was a good victory for the fellas,” the former Somerset player said. “It’s always good for the players to get a win under their belt and hopefully it will build some momentum.

“The players have done really well and in different games have shown me they have the potential to compete and not just compete, but to be successful.

“For us it’s really about development and our stability as a team and being able to establish our brand of football that we are trying to play. And as coach for the first time in senior football, this is a learning experience for me because of some of the issues that I have had to address.”

Somerset will meet Robin Hood in the final on November 11 at a venue yet to be confirmed, the West Enders’ first appearance in a final since beating PHC 2-1 to lift the 2016 Friendship Trophy.

The occasion will mark the third time that Somerset and Hood have locked horns this season.

Hood won both encounters at Goose Gosling Field, where they thrashed Somerset 7-1 during the group stage of the Dudley Eve Trophy and 2-1 in the Premier Division.

Hunt admits his team have their work cut out, but believes they can be equal to the task.

“The first time we lost 7-1 and the second 2-1 so that was a big improvement,” he said.

“The last game we played them, our poor decision-making took the momentum away from us and that let us down.

“But I think that we have shown that we are capable of meeting the challenge and beating them if we come to play.

“Robin Hood are a very fit team and have some players that have played at a high level, so it definitely gives them a bit of an edge just on experience.

“They like to play ball and it’s always nice to play teams that like to play football instead of just kicking and running, and so in that sense I’m looking forward to the challenge and hoping the players are ready for the challenge. It should be a good final.”

Somerset will meet PHC for the second time in four days in the Premier Division at PHC Field tomorrow.