North Village coach Kenny Thompson wary of Cougars
Kenny Thompson has warned his North Village players against complacency as the club go in search of a place in the Dudley Eve Trophy final on Thursday.
Thompson’s side have enjoyed a scintillating start to the new season, remaining unbeaten in all competitions, including kicking off the Bermuda Premier Division with four successive victories.
But ahead of a difficult fixture against Devonshire Cougars (9pm) in the second of a semi-final double header at PHC Field, Village’s head coach is adamant none of his player are taking anything for granted.
“All of the players are well aware of what is at stake,” said Thompson, whose side come into the encounter on the back of an emphatic 4-0 league victory over Somerset Trojans.
“We have started the season really strongly and of course any manager would be satisfied with the results we have had so far, even if we are still looking to improve on our imperfections.
“However, everyone knows that it will only take one match to end this unbeaten run and being in the form that we are, we know there is more attention on us.
“We have to be wary that opponents will come into matches with even more determination to beat us and be the team that ends our unbeaten run.
“It is a semi-final and whenever you find yourself in this position you desperately want to get to the final. Everyone knows what is at stake and we are all determined to get into that final.
Thompson is also well aware of the threat of defending champions Cougars, who themselves have enjoyed a strong start to the season, losing just one of their first four league matches with a 1-0 defeat to flawless Dandy Town in their latest outing.
“Cougars are always a difficult team to face,” Thompson added. “Every team has players who can hurt you on any given day and they are no different in that respect.
“We go into every match knowing we have to respect the opposition and that is the same with Cougars, because we know they pose us a big challenge.”
Wednesday’s action kicks off with four-times champions Somerset Trojans taking on newly promoted Hamilton Parish at 6pm.
Like Trojans, Parish will also be aiming to bounce back from disappointing defeat at the weekend after suffering a 5-2 defeat at the hands of PHC Zebras.