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Somerset’s trip to St George’s postponed again as Covid problems persist

Solid in defence: Shaquille Trott, the PHC goalkeeper, has plenty of cover from his teammates during their 5-1 win over Devonshire Colts in December. He will be hoping for more of the same when they they host Devonshire Cougars today. (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Somerset’s rescheduled trip to St George’s in the Premier Division at Wellington Oval tomorrow has been postponed once again after the Bermuda Football Association confirmed a number of positive Covid cases among the home squad.

The match was first postponed on December 19, the day after the death of St George’s player Osagi Bascome. Then, on January 5, it was called off again because of some positive Covid cases in the Somerset team.

The match was then switched to January 15 as a home match for St George’s before it was postponed again along with the other Premier Division matches because of positive Covid cases within two other teams. Games were also called off last weekend to allow players and officials to attend Bascome’s funeral.

Four teams in total have now had positive Covid cases at different stages of the season.

However, football is set to resume this weekend with the next two matches for PHC and Devonshire Cougars today and Wednesday, expected to go a long way to determining the Premier Division title race.

The two teams meet each other, today, at PHC Field where a win is important for both teams as they attempt to close the gap on runaway leaders Dandy Town who have the weekend off.

The Zebras and Cougars are both ten points behind Town and with two games in hand, the second of which will be played next Wednesday, when Cougars meet Somerset Eagles at Somerset and PHC take on Devonshire Colts at Goose Gosling Field.

After that the title picture should be a little clearer as two wins for either PHC or Cougars would move them to within four points of Town who have been virtually unstoppable this season, averaging almost three goals a game.

“Anything can happen,” said Winston Trott Jr, the PHC coach, prior to another game being called off yesterday by the BFA.

He insists his team isn’t giving up on the title race just yet.

“The type of situation we’re in right now with Covid, with games getting called off and people going missing because they can’t play, I don’t rule out anything.”

Only one team has managed to take points off Town this season, North Village with a 2-0 win two days after Christmas. If the likes of Cougars and Somerset Trojans can do the same in Town’s next two games, then the league race might just go down to the last few games.

Town have nine games remaining, including matches against relegation threatened teams like Somerset Eagles, Southampton Rangers, and Robin Hood before they meet PHC in the last game of the season on April 10.

Already this season has gone longer than the last one, though uncertainties still remain with the Covid pandemic which has now hit at least four Premier Division teams.

“People can get injured, nothing is guaranteed, that’s for sure,” Trott added, as he prepares his team for what he expects will be a tough encounter against Cougars this afternoon.

“Every game is important to us right now, we’ve got to win every game. We’re pushing, the guys are training hard so we’ll see what comes.

“With how things are going right now you can win or lose any game because you don’t know who’s going to be missing because of Covid, or whatever.

“The guys are giving me all they can give me, I can’t complain about that.”

Two more make-up matches are scheduled for tomorrow, with North Village playing Devonshire Colts at Police Field, while Somerset Eagles are at home to Robin Hood in the other match at White Hill Field, a match rescheduled from December 18.

Hamilton Parish, the First Division leaders, also have the weekend off as BAA will look to strengthen their grip on second place when they play Wolves at Wellington Oval.

BAA occupy the second promotion spot and are unbeaten in their last four matches since suffering their only loss, 4-1 to Young Men’s Social Club, on December 5.

This will be their second straight match against Wolves after defeating them 2-0 on January 5.

Wolves desperately need a victory to get back into promotion contention. They are sixth in the tables, six points behind BAA after picking up just three wins in their eight matches.

In the other First Division fixture, Paget play Vasco at Southampton Oval in a bottom-of-the-table clash between the only two teams in the league without a victory this season.

Vasco have three draws in eight matches while Paget’s only point came from a 2-2 draw with Wolves on Boxing Day.

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Published January 22, 2022 at 8:15 am (Updated January 23, 2022 at 2:57 pm)

Somerset’s trip to St George’s postponed again as Covid problems persist

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