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Village on verge of title glory

North Village 2 Somerset Eagles 1

North Village put themselves in pole position to claim their first league title in almost a decade with victory over Somerset Eagles at Bernard's Park yesterday.

The win coupled with Robin Hood's loss to Devonshire Cougars puts them eight points clear of their nearest rival with only two games remaining.

Dandy Town, with their game in hand, are the only team mathematically still in it but a lot would have to happen for them to cover the deficit in points and goal difference.

Kenny Thompson, the Village coach, said: “We knew and still know that it's not a done deal yet and we wanted to approach the match the same way we have every other, not taking anything for granted.”

Village were on the front foot early when Jaizel Smith-Deshields opened the scoring early on. His initial shot from the edge of the box was parried wide of the post by the goalkeeper but Troy Tucker was first to the rebound to square back for Smith-Deshields to tap in.

Village had several opportunities to extend their lead before the interval but Keishen Bean's cross came off the woodwork and Lorenzo Lambert did well to save Terryn Fray's shot from close range from a corner.

After the break, Smith-Deshields returned the favour for Tucker, pulling back a pass for the midfielder to control and fire into the bottom corner.

Moments later Tucker had a chance to seal the game but miscued his attempt after some good build up left him with only the Eagles goalkeeper to beat.

The miss seemed to give the visiting side some hope and in the 70th minute they were able to pull a goal back when Teniko Eve was played through inside the box and finished firmly into the bottom corner.

Bean went close with an opportunistic chip that had the goalkeeper beaten but not the woodwork, with the ball bouncing off the crossbar and safely into Lambert's hands.

SCORERS

North Village

Smith-De-shields 3, Tucker 55

Somerset Eagles

Eve 70

TEAMS

North Village: (4-3-3) T Bell — J Daniels, K Knights, T Fray, A Darrell — J Briers, D Daniels, T Tucker — J Smith-Deshields (sub: R Simons, 68min), J Bell (sub: P Smith, 85), K Bean. Substitutes not used: T Bean, P Castle, W Shakir.

Somerset Eagles (4-3-3) L Lambert — E Fubler, L Burch, K Evans (sub: G Smith, 71), M Iris-Simons — S Lambert, R Woodley-Smith (sub: C Smith, 70), T Eve — A Telford, N Rego, T Wade (sub M Thomas 80). Substitutes not used: J Ratteray, J Rumley, D Simmons, R Ford. Booked: Burch 18.

Referee: L Christopher.

Rainy days: Keishen Bean, right, the North Village forward, holds off a Somerset Eagles player in a Premier Division match at Bernard Park yesterday (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published March 02, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated March 01, 2020 at 11:44 pm)

Village on verge of title glory

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