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Hood aiming to strengthen place at top of the standings

Table toppers: Robin Hood will be aiming to cement their place at the top of the standings (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Robin Hood will be aiming to maintain their grip on first place in the Premier Division when they meet champions North Village tonight at Goose Gosling Field.

Hood were able to hold on to top spot after Dandy Town dropped their first points in a 2-2 draw with Village last weekend, missing the chance to leapfrog the leaders who had a bye from action.

Now Hood, who have picked up thirteen of a maximum fifteen points, will put their unbeaten league record on the line against the only team to beat them this season.

Village accomplished that when they edged Hood 1-0 in the Dudley Eve Trophy to force a three-way tie in group A before the latter missed out in the drawing of lots.

“We know it’s going to be a good game and we’ll prepare as we would for every other game,” said Hood coach, John Barry Nusum. “Hopefully we’ll be able to execute and do the things we want to do as far as how we’re playing.”

Hood, despite losing captain Lejaun Simmons back to Devonshire Cougars in the summer, have carried on where they left off last season.

They are already this season’s top scorers in the league with seventeen goals in their five matches, from five wins and a draw.

“So far it’s been a good season, we dropped points against Rangers and that was the one blip that we’ve had so far,” Nusum added. “Overall we’re pretty happy with the progress.

“The results went our way when we weren’t playing [last weekend] and that’s a positive.

“Village are the only team to beat us so far this season, so we want to make sure we get things right.”

Presently just three points separate Hood from Somerset Trojans in sixth place, with the Trojans set to lose some ground as they have a bye this weekend.

Dandy Town, in second, meet Rangers at Southampton Oval in their last outing before the Dudley Eve Trophy final on Wednesday against Devonshire Cougars.

A win for Rangers would take them ahead of the Trojans on goal difference as they both have scored and conceded the same number of goals, with Rangers three points back in seventh place.

Cougars, third, meet PHC at Devonshire Rec where the visitors are hoping to make it four wins on the trot. They trail Cougars and North Village by just a point.

The bottom three teams, Devonshire Colts, X-Roads and Somerset Eagles, will all be hoping to pick up their first wins of the season to begin their climb away from the relegation zone. Colts play promotion partners St George’s at Police Field while Eagles take on X-Roads at White Hill Field in a relegation six-pointer.

X-Roads have drawn twice in their six matches while Eagles remain pointless after last weekend’s 1-0 derby defeat to the Trojans.

In the First Division, leaders Young Men’s Social Club could open up a six-point lead over Hamilton Parish who have another weekend off.

Social Club play Boulevard at Police Field while St David’s, third, meet Wolves at Garrison Field. Flanagan’s Onions play Ireland Rangers at Goose Gosling Field in the other match.

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Published November 07, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated November 07, 2020 at 12:20 am)

Hood aiming to strengthen place at top of the standings

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