Brangman: Plenty more to come from Rangers
Donte Brangman, the Southampton Rangers captain, insists his team cannot afford any lapses of concentration when they face Dandy Town in the Premier Division at Goose Gosling Field tonight.
Rangers, the Friendship Trophy champions, are looking to improve on their inconsistent season, with the West End side third from bottom in the top flight.
Brangman, however, believes Rangers can be more than a match for third-place Town if they play to their full potential.
“As long as we play up to our standard, and not that of the opponent, we stand a chance,” the midfielder said.
“We must not drop our levels of concentration. I have a slight groin injury, but I am going to play through it. We have a fully fit squad otherwise.”
The 21-year-old, who represented Bermuda at the Concacaf Gold Cup and Nations League, is confident Rangers are capable of a mid-table finish this term.
They started the campaign with consecutive losses, and then turned it around with three successive wins before suffering three straight defeats.
“We have to work on our chemistry, be more unselfish on the ball, and start scoring goals,” Brangman added.
“We are looking to finish in the middle, stay as far from the bottom as possible. The top of the league is a bit far-fetched, but the FA Cup is also a goal of ours.
“I have learnt that when we work for each other, results come.”
Meanwhile, Angelo Simmons, the Town captain, is adamant his side can force their way into the title picture. They are eight points behind leaders Village with a game in hand.
“We have had a good season,” said Simmons, whose team are unbeaten in their last seven matches. “We still have league and FA Cup to go for. If we win our game in hand, we will be back in the title race.”
Simmons, who is the team's joint top scorer with Oneko Lowe on five goals, is encouraged by the defensive improvements Town have made but believes they must be more clinical in front of goal.
“We have got stronger defensively, but we need to get back to scoring ways,” he said. “Our last game against Robin Hood was scoreless, but we are usually known as a free-flowing team.”
The 33-year-old also believes that Town's impressive crop of youngsters are improving each game.
“They are doing very well, gaining confidence game by game,” he said. “They are only going to get stronger and better with game time. They are taking the league by storm.
“[Winning the league] would be something special for the young players; a tangible reward for the great commitment they have put in.”