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Milestone league goal could be reached in weekend’s fixtures

Final farewell: former Dandy Town player Jahtino Richardson-Martin, left, pictured in action against Devonshire Cougars during the 2020 Dudley Eve final at the National Sports Centre, will be buried following a memorial service at the Berkeley Institute today (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Premier Division and First Division football could reach an early milestone this weekend with the 100th goal of the season set to be scored, possibly as early as today when three matches are staged.

Goals have been aplenty so far this campaign with 95 scored in 23 games from just three rounds of Premier Division and only two rounds of First Division action.

Fans have not been out in high numbers to witness the action because of Covid-19 restrictions, but the teams have been piling in the goals, already surpassing the 65 scored at the same stage last season.

Dandy Town will today bury one of their former players, midfielder Jahtino Richardson-Martin, who died in a road accident.

Richardson-Martin made his debut for Town as a 16-year-old Berkeley schoolboy in the opening game of the 2014 season in the Charity Cup against Somerset Trojans.

Three months later he scored a maiden hat-trick for the senior team in a Friendship Trophy quarter-final win over St George’s.

Town, the early Premier Division leaders, have been dedicating their early victories to Richardson-Martin, including the recent 7-0 success over X-Roads.

The Hornets have scored nine goals so far without conceding, a record they will want to extend when they host St George’s at Goose Gosling Field tomorrow.

PHC have done even better in the scoring department, netting 11 goals in two games and with a game in hand on three of the teams around them. PHC put five past Robin Hood in their season-opener and then hit Somerset Eagles for six to show their early intentions.

The biggest win so far — 9-0 — belongs to Robin Hood who responded to their 5-0 loss to PHC with a major thrashing of Southampton Rangers for their only win in three outings.

Rangers, who lost their coach Jomar Wilkinson to Somerset Trojans and 17 of their players during the summer transfer period, sit at the bottom of the table with three straight defeats, having already conceded 14 goals, and without scoring.

That number became 15 on Thursday when the BFA confirmed that Rangers fielded an ineligible player in their season-opening 2-0 loss to X-Roads. A 3-0 defeat has been applied as a penalty for the offence.

Somerset Eagles are the other team without a point, scoring just once and conceding ten goals already in two matches. They face another tough outing tomorrow when they meet North Village at Bernard Park.

Village, the third team on six points, will be looking to bounce back from their recent loss to Devonshire Colts.

Two Premier Division matches today will see X-Roads hosting Devonshire Colts at Garrison Field while Somerset welcome PHC to the West End for a 9am clash between the second and third-placed teams.

In the other match tomorrow, mid-table sides Devonshire Cougars and Robin Hood will clash at Devonshire Rec as Chae Brangman of Hood, the joint top scorer in the Premier Division with four goals, goes up against his former team.

Last November, Brangman scored the only goal of the game as Robin Hood won 1-0 at the Rec.

Hood were unbeaten from eight league games and held a five-point lead over Cougars and PHC and with a game in hand when last season was stopped in early December because of the pandemic.

Hood were favourites for a second league title, but things are different this season, a new coach in Danté Leverock and a younger team following the departure of 13 players during the summer.

Cougars also have a new coach, with Kwame Steede returning after a brief stint as coach of Dandy Town.

Hamilton Parish are picking up where they left off last season, already with two big wins in the First Division.

Last weekend they defeated Young Men’s Social Club 4-2 in the FA Cup, but now their focus switches back to the league and a top-of-the-table clash with Wolves at Wellington Oval.

Vasco play Ireland Rangers at Southampton Oval while today’s solitary First Division match sees Boulevard and BAA — both with a win from their only match — battling at Goose Gosling Field at 9pm.

The match between bottom-placed team Paget and Young Men’s Social Club, which was switched from today to tomorrow, has now been postponed.

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Published November 20, 2021 at 9:28 pm (Updated November 20, 2021 at 9:28 pm)

Milestone league goal could be reached in weekend’s fixtures

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