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Sticking together: Southampton Rangers coach Jomar Wilkinson, centre, is keeping faith in his players despite a recent dip in form in the Premier Division (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Jomar Wilkinson, the Southampton Rangers coach, insists there is no need to press the panic button over his team’s successive home defeats against North Village and St George’s in the Premier Division.

Rangers got their campaign off to a flyer after thrashing league champions North Village 4-0 in the season-opening Charity Cup to lift the title for the first time in 36 years and then followed that up by beating X-Roads 2-0 in their league opener.

However, their season has taken a turn for the worse since having suffered back-to-back losses to Village and St George’s in their previous two outings in the league, going down 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.

Despite his team’s dip in form, Wilkinson is adamant he does not have any cause for concerns as things stand.

“Not at all, it’s not time to press the panic button as we definitely have the quality,” he said.

“I just think we have to be a little more composed in and around the box because we create enough chances to win easily. We are just not taking our chances.

“But it’s a process and we have to stay to the wicket and continue to work on things to continue to improve.”

Rangers will attempt to halt the slide when they meet unbeaten leaders Robin Hood in a league clash at Goose Gosling Field tonight (9pm).

Hood top the standings on goal difference over Village with both sides having taken maximum points from their three leagues matches to date.

Today’s other Premier Division match will see unbeaten Dandy Town, who have a game in hand over Hood and Village, lock horns with hosts Somerset Trojans at Somerset Cricket Club (3pm).

Tomorrow’s remaining Premier Division matches will see champions Village host X-Roads at Bernard Park, Somerset Eagles welcome PHC Zebras to White Hill Field while St George’s host Devonshire Cougars at Wellington Oval.

In the First Division, Boulevard can take over sole possession of first place by coming away with a least a point over hosts St David’s at Lord’s tomorrow as joint leaders Hamilton Parish have a bye.

Remaining First Division matches see Vasco pitted against Young Men’s Social Club at Bernard Park while Wolves take on Ireland Rangers at Garrison Field.

All First Division matches will begin at 12.30pm.

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Published October 17, 2020 at 7:00 am (Updated October 17, 2020 at 4:07 am)

Rangers coach Wilkinson refusing to panic just yet

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