Dandy Town head coach Jay Bean relishing new role
Jay Bean, the Dandy Town head coach, had double cause for celebration after his team’s 5-3 win over St George’s Colts in their opening Dudley Eve Trophy group match last week.
It was the former Town and Devonshire Colts player’s first victory in two attempts since succeeding Aaron Denkins at the helm.
More importantly the result clinched Town’s spot in the quarter-finals and they will now be keen to continue their winning ways and finish atop group A in the final group match with North Village at Devonshire Recreation Club tonight (9:15pm).
“It feels good to get the first win and it’s always good to win,” Bean told The Royal Gazette. “At the club we try and win every trophy, so it’s good to get in the quarter-finals.
“We are still a work in progress so the next game will be more work until we get to where we want to be. It’s still a couple of weeks to fine tune some things, and hopefully we will be playing a lot better when it comes to the quarter-finals.”
Town top group A with three points followed by Village two points adrift in second.
Village are tied with St George’s Colts, who have already played their two round robin matches, and need only finish the group stage with a superior goal difference than the latter to clinch the remaining automatic quarter-final spot available.
The last placed team will compete in a play-off to determine the remaining quarter-final spots.
Bean endured a baptism of fire on his debut as Town’s head coach as his team suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Devonshire Cougars in the Charity Cup.
It is a humbling result he holds himself accountable for.
“I apologise to the players because maybe I hadn’t prepared them as much as we should have been prepared,” Bean said. “I had to sort out a couple of things how we want to play, but it’s going to get better.
“The players are a reflection of the coach and we were not prepared and I take full responsibility for that.”
Town’s next outing with Village will be preceded by the final group C contest pitting holders and hosts Devonshire Cougars against Robin Hood, starting at 7pm.
Leaders Cougars top the group on goal difference over Hamilton Parish who have already played their quota of round robin matches.
Parish beat Robin Hood 3-0 in their opening group match before losing 2-0 against Cougars, who got their title defence off to the perfect start.