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Hornets pushing for place in semi-finals

The final three semi-final places in the Dudley Eve Trophy competition will be decided tonight at the National Stadium when the final group matches are held.

Devonshire Cougars, with three points from their two group B matches, are already into the last four and are likely to be joined Dandy Town Hornets from that group. Town need just a draw against PHC in tonight's opening match to advance.

Things are closer in group A where the three teams, Somerset Trojans, Robin Hood and North Village will all finish on three points if Village beat Hood tonight in the 9pm match.

And a 1-0 win for Village will make it even more interesting as the teams would then also have an identical goal difference and goals scored. The drawing of lots would then have to decide the group winners and the second team to advance.

Robin Hood need just a draw to advance with Somerset, while a Village win by two goals or more would take them through along with Somerset. A one-goal margin win for Village — 2-1 or 3-2 — would see them advance on “goals scored”.

However, based on Hood's 6-1 thrashing of PHC on Sunday, when Tomiko Goater scored a hat-trick, and the fact they need just a draw, Hood should be favoured to advance as group winners.

It will be interesting to see how PHC respond to that defeat, their biggest since Hood beat them 6-0 last November in a league match.

Cecoy Robinson, who joined Town from PHC in the summer, will be looking to help his new team advance to the semi-finals at the expense of his former team who have a new coach in Winston Trott Jr.

Town are the current cup holders, after beating Robin Hood 5-2 in last year's final.

Crowd restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic will see 1,000 fans allowed at the National Sports Centre, almost three times the size of the crowds allowed at Somerset, St George's, St David's and White Hill Field, who can all have 375 people in for matches.

The four participating teams have each been provided with an allotment of tickets to sell to their fans.

The remaining tickets went on sale at the BFA office on a first come first served basis.

Fresh start: Cecoy Robinson, above on his Town debut last week, will be playing against his former team PHC in the battle for a semi-final place in the Dudley Eve Trophy tonight (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published September 30, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated September 29, 2020 at 8:52 pm)

Hornets pushing for place in semi-finals

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