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Naquita Robinson adamant best is yet to come from her Bermuda side

Great expectations: Naquita Robinson, the Bermuda coach, has challenged her side to build on the 5-0 thrashing of the US Virgin Islands in their opening Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship Qualifier, when they face St Vincent & the Grenadines on Friday

Naquita Robinson has warned she wants to see more from her Bermuda side despite making the ideal start to their Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship Qualifying campaign.

The squad kicked off the tournament in comprehensive fashion on Monday evening, thumping the US Virgin Islands 5-0 at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Curaçao, courtesy of two goals apiece from Jahni Simmons and Katherine Bean-Rosario, with Jaden Masters also getting on the scoresheet.

However, despite putting down a comprehensive early statement in group A, Robinson is adamant their best is still yet to come from her squad ahead of their second qualifying match against St Vincent & the Grenadines on Friday.

“I was thrilled with the start we made to the competition,” said Robinson, whose side seized the early initiative at the top of the group, with the winner advancing directly to the knockout stage of next year’s championships.

“It is our goal to win the group and so that first game was always going to be vitally important. The entire squad was pumped up to get going and I think that showed for the majority of the match.

“We started a little slower than I would have perhaps liked but once we got that breakthrough, we really got going.

“As a coach you’re always looking for more and although I’d say the level of performance overall was good, they didn’t quite meet my standards. It’s funny because I don’t think the scoreline really reflected the match properly; we could and probably should have scored more.

“However, it was a good start to the qualifiers. We’ve sent out a good statement but there is definitely more still to come from this group.”

While Robinson is expecting a tougher test against St Vincent, she has no concerns about her squad matching her lofty expectations, with the majority of the side already tasting success previously, having won the second division of the Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship in 2018.

“I’m definitely expecting a tougher encounter against St Vincent but my expectations are the same as the last match, to start on the front foot and take the game to the opposition,” she added.

“I feel we have a really formidable squad at the moment and I’m just so excited to watch their growth. Those first-game jitters are out of the way now and so they should all be fired up even more now to go out and build further on that first performance.

“The majority of this squad have grown together from the squad that won the Division 2 title at Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship in 2018 and so they know what winning is all about. They won’t be daunted by anything and so that bodes well for the entire group.

“Great things are happening right now for women’s football in Bermuda and just so exciting to see.”

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Published September 15, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated September 14, 2021 at 7:44 pm)

Naquita Robinson adamant best is yet to come from her Bermuda side

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