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So close yet so far: North Village take replay ruling in stride

Samori Greenidge-Saltus will be playing against his former team, St George's, when he returns to Wellington Oval with Somerset Eagles on Sunday (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

North Village coach Kenny Thompson isn’t fazed by the Bermuda Football Association’s decision to have the abandoned match against Somerset Eagles replayed.

The match at Bernard Park on November 22 was called off in the 74th minute after torrential, second-half rain flooded the pitch, forcing referee Martin Wyer to intervene one minute before it would have counted as an official match.

Village were winning 2-1 at the time.

Now the match will have to be replayed in its entirety, a ruling that gives Eagles another chance to get a positive result, although Thompson isn’t complaining.

“We expected it based on what the competition guidelines say,” he said yesterday. “If the referee stopped it on 74 [minutes], then we will have to play it again. We’re not surprised.

“I always talk about the journey; this is just one of those situations we find ourselves in and we just have to concentrate on that. At the moment, we are fully focused on tomorrow’s game against PHC, and we’ll deal with the Eagles game once the BFA reschedules it.

“We have to start over. It’s a new ball game and whatever happened on that Sunday is out of the window now. When the time comes, we’ll just start again.”

Two of the clubs involved in the abandoned games will face each other in a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash tomorrow when Eagles make the trip to Wellington Oval to meet St George’s Colts.

St George’s received a point from their November 22 match with Dandy Town at Goose Gosling Field, which was stopped after 83 minutes because of torrential rain in the second half. The 0-0 draw moved them ahead of X-Roads on goal difference.

Both teams had chances to break the deadlock before then, including a penalty from Angelo Simmons, the Town captain, which was saved by goalkeeper Freddy Hall.

“A point away to Dandy Town is always a good point, but in the game we definitely thought we could have won,” Jarreau Hayward, the St George’s coach, said. “We’re grateful for the point, but it would have been a welcomed three points, which is what we needed.

“With Freddy in goal we always have a chance. We had several opportunities to score, a couple that would have been more difficult to miss than score. We’re developing. I saw a lot of progress in that game.”

Eagles, the bottom, team, now have two games in hand on St George’s ahead of their trip to the East End.

“Both teams are going to be up for it,” Hayward said. “We just have to come with the energy and focus, and let the football do the talking.

“I know Eagles are going to be hungry for it. I saw them play Rangers last week and they played really well.”

Hayward was also impressed with a couple of young Eagles players in that game, wide pair Nathan Rego and Samori Greenidge-Saltus, the latter who transferred from St George’s this season.

“Samori, one of my youth players, is phenomenal,“ he said.

“He moved up to Somerset, and as Eagles is his past team he said he wanted to play for them. I totally understood because he wouldn’t have been able to come to training regularly, and a guy like him needs to be training.

“When he told me Eagles, I was totally on board. I know Jensen [Rogers] is an awesome coach and will help him with his development.

“Nathan is a good player as well. We’ll be up to the challenge and I know they will, too.”

St George’s picked up a striker, Kontai Burton from St David’s, in the late transfer period, giving a boost to their attack. “He’s providing competition for a starting spot, which is what we wanted him to do,” the coach said.

“He’s a goalscorer and is making the other goalscorers check their game.”

St George’s will become the first team to complete their first-half fixtures this weekend before their bye next weekend. The break last week and the bye weekend are timely for St George’s, who have been hit with injuries.

“At the beginning of the season, we were questioning having the bye so late, but it is coming right on time,” Hayward said.

“We had a bye in the cup last week and a bye in the league next week. It’s right on time as we recovered two or three injuries this week.

“Hopefully in the next couple of weeks, we can recover some more.”

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Published December 05, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated December 04, 2020 at 9:15 pm)

So close yet so far: North Village take replay ruling in stride

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