High-flying Town will not underestimate lowly Eagles
Dandy Town will not be taking tomorrow’s opponents, Somerset Eagles, lightly, even more so after North Village dropped points to struggling X-Roads last weekend.
Town, who face a busy seven days with matches against Eagles and then two clashes with league champions North Village in the space of three days, have a slight edge over the other top teams as they have a perfect record and with a game in hand.
However, as they found out last season when Eagles beat them twice, their opponents cannot be taken lightly even though they are currently pointless at the bottom of the table.
“Eagles are a good team but have had an unfortunate start to the season,” said Aaron Denkins, Town’s assistant coach. “It will not take long for them to turn it around, so we will not be taking them lightly.”
Town and Devonshire Cougars currently trail Robin Hood and North Village by one point in a close battle for the top spot.
“This season is shaping up to be very interesting, it looks like it is going to be four teams battling for the top positions, and four very good teams at that,” Denkins added.
Last season, Town finished second in the league, their best finish since last winning the league in 2015-16 when they landed a fourth league title in seven seasons.
After tomorrow’s game, Town’s focus will switch to the two matches next Wednesday and Saturday against Village in the Dudley Eve Trophy semi-finals and then in the league. Town are the defending Dudley Eve champions.
“We recognise we have three games in a week, but we have to take one game at a time,” Denkins said. “The one thing about us is we have a very good youth programme so it gives us a lot of depth and can call up youngsters into the team.
“This season we should see a lot of different young players in the team. We’ve seen David Blankendal already and he has scored and made an impact in a few games.
“I think it is going to come down to that at the end of the season, who has more depth and more consistency.”
Cecoy Robinson, the former PHC Zebras captain, has been a good signing for the Hornets, bringing his experience, and a couple of goals already, to the team.
“The coaching staff are involved in all the teams from the Under-17s all the way up to the senior team, so there is a lot of consistency throughout the programme,” Denkins said.
“Having Cecoy on board is almost like having another coach on the field. He’s added his experience, his winning ways and his winning mentality to the team.”
Today, Robin Hood travel to Wellington Oval to meet St George’s Colts (3pm) while tomorrow’s other matches see Devonshire Cougars at home to Somerset Trojans, Devonshire Colts playing Southampton Rangers at Police Field and X-Roads taking on PHC at Garrison Field.