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Robin Hood looking to increase their lead at the top

Robin Hood are in a position to extend their lead in the Premier Division title race on Sunday when they travel to Garrison Field to meet X-Roads.

Paul Simons, the X-Roads captain, runs past the Somerset Eagles defence before scoring at White Hill Field on November 8. Eagles scored an injury time goal to win 3-2 and now both teams will be looking for their second wins this weekend in the fight for survival (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Hood presently lead the tables by five points over Devonshire Cougars and with a game in hand on Cougars who have a bye this weekend. By the time the dust has settled on Sunday evening, Hood could be leading by eight points.

Certainly Hood are the form team, still unbeaten and with seven wins in eight league games. They are also the top scorers, with 26 goals, thanks largely to leading goal scorer Chae Brangman who has netted eight times in the league.

Brangman also scored twice last weekend as Hood came from a goal down to beat Somerset Trojans in a Friendship Trophy preliminary round match.

Two players of similar style will lead their respective team’s attack at Garrison Field, Brangman for Hood and Donavan Thompson of X-Roads whose partnership up front with new signing Ian Coke from Boulevard is still developing.

Cougars presently pose the biggest threat to Hood’s aspirations of a second league title, while Dandy Town are seven points behind the leaders heading to the midway point of the season.

X-Roads finally got a win under their belt in their last outing against Devonshire Colts and need another three points in order to climb out of the relegation zone.

Another key match in the East End will see St George’s playing Somerset Eagles in a bottom-of-the-table encounter at Wellington Oval.

St George’s are now two points ahead of Eagles and lead X-Roads on goal difference after last evening’s announcement by the Bermuda Football Association that the 0-0 score from their abandoned match on November 22 against Dandy Town will stand and both teams will get a point.

Eagles, on the other hand, will have to replay their match against North Village, which was abandoned in the 74th minute on the same day with Village leading 2-1. Seventy-five minutes played would have constituted a match and the result would have stood.

“The main thing for us is to come in and do our work throughout the week so that on a Sunday we can perform,” Eagles coach Jensen Rogers said earlier this week.

If we perform like we performed in the last two games against Village and Rangers, and keep building on those performances, then sooner or later the points have to fall in our lap.

“Playing against St George’s this weekend is a good time to pick up some points. They are right above us, by a point, so it’s going to be a difficult game.

“I know coach Jarreau [Hayward] from coaching at the youth level and in the First Division. He’s a young coach with good ideas, same as me, and we’re in the same position where we’re looking to get points.

“He’s going to tell his players ’this is a game where we can get some points’ and I’m going to tell my guys the same thing. We’re still stressing to the players that as long as we’re within touching distance of teams we can get out and stay up. We can’t afford to fall too far behind.”

PHC and North Village, who have won the league 20 times between them, will meet on Saturday at PHC Field, PHC hoping to move level on points with Cougars in second place, while a Village win would move them level with PHC, Town and Somerset going into Sunday’s games.

Those four teams have the most Premier Division titles, PHC with 11, Somerset ten, Village nine and Dandy Town eight.

Sunday’s other games will see Town looking to end five league and cup games without a win when they travel to Police Field to meet Devonshire Colts, while Southampton Rangers welcome Somerset Trojans to the Oval.

In the First Division, leaders Hamilton Parish meet Flanagan’s Onions at Wellington Oval looking to open a three-point lead over Young Men’s Social Club who have a bye.

Ireland Rangers, who ended Parish’s perfect run of five games last weekend with a 1-1 draw, meet another promotion chasing team when they take on Boulevard at Goose Gosling Field on Sunday.

Boulevard are six points clear of the second promotion spot and need a win to keep Parish and Social Club from making it a two-team promotion race.

Saturday’s game will have bottom side Wolves taking on Vasco at Garrison Field (3pm).

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Published December 04, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated December 03, 2020 at 10:32 pm)

Robin Hood looking to increase their lead at the top

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