PHC Zebras on verge of Dudley Eve Trophy quarter-final place
PHC Zebras can secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the Dudley Eve Trophy when they lock horns with Boulevard in their penultimate group B match at Goose Gosling Field tomorrow night.
The eight-times champions got their campaign off to a flying start with a 6-0 drubbing of X-Roads in their opening group match at Bernard Park on Monday.
They will now undoubtedly be keen to keep the momentum going and secure passage through to the last eight with a game to spare in the group stage.
Looking ahead to the match, Winston Trott Jr, the PHC coach, says his team will approach their next opponents as they do any other.
“For us, it’s just another game and another opponent,” he said. “We’re just taking things one game at a time and will approach them as we do any other opponent.”
Trott said his team is injury-free and will likely go with his same starting XI from the previous match.
“We’re pretty good,” he added. “There are no injuries right now.”
PHC laid down a marker in their season opener with a ruthless display that left X-Roads shell-shocked.
“You always want to win your first game of the season, that’s a definite,” Trott added. “But there’s nothing really crazy about it. We just did what we had to do and the chances that fell we took them.
“I was satisfied with the performance and with what we did. We put in our work so we just have to see what comes out of it; right now we look all right.
“We are just taking one game at a time and it’s just a matter of winning your game. We just want to win, so it really doesn’t matter who we got or what competition we’re playing in. We’re playing to win every game.”
Trott was particularly encouraged to see his team score a barrage of goals, especially without last season’s leading scorers Enrique and Antwan Russell.
Enrique is now playing in England with Southern League Division One South side AFC Totton, while Antwan has joined First Division Paget in the role as player-coach.
“Just to think about it, the two leading goalscorers are not playing for us this year, so that is a strong indication that we are all right,” Trott said.
PHC top group B with three points followed by Boulevard and Somerset Trojans with a point apiece.
Tomorrow’s clash between PHC and Boulevard starts at 8pm and will be preceded by the remaining group B match pitting X-Roads against Somerset at 6pm.
North Village, who are tied with PHC with a record eight wins in the competition, top group A on goal difference over St George’s Colts, with whom they drew 2-2 against on Tuesday night in their opener. Dandy Town, the remaining team in the group, have yet to play.
Hamilton Parish top group C thanks to a 3-0 win over Robin Hood in their opening match on Tuesday night.
Devonshire Cougars, the last team to win the competition during the 2020-21 season when they edged Dandy Town 2-1 in the final, have yet to play in the group stage.
The top two teams from the three groups will advance to the quarter-final, with the remaining four teams to face off in a play-off to determine the final two spots in the last eight.
P W D L F A Pts
North Village 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
St George’s 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Dandy Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P W D L F A Pts
PHC Zebras 1 1 0 0 6 0 3
Boulevard 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Somerset 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
X Roads 1 0 0 1 0 6 0
P W D L F A Pts
Hamilton Parish 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Devonshire Cougars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robin Hood 1 0 0 1 3 0 0