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In-form Boulevard keen to build on momentum

Ian Coke and his Boulevard team-mates will rest their two-game unbeaten streak on the line against Hamilton Parish at Wellington Oval today (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Boulevard will attempt to extend their unbeaten streak when they travel to Wellington Oval to face Hamilton Parish in the Premier Division today.

Jomar Wilkinson’s team have taken four points from their previous two league outings having held Devonshire Cougars to a goalless draw before edging X-Roads 4-3.

The stalemate against Cougars earned Boulevard their first point on their return to the top flight and provided much needed momentum having made a shaky start to the campaign.

“We came away with a big point from Cougars and at the end of the day it could have gone either way,” Ian Coke, the Boulevard captain, told The Royal Gazette.

“But to at least come away with something from the game is the best result for us as it took us off zero points.”

Coke and his team-mates went one better with victory over X-Roads in their next outing to avenge a 6-0 drubbing against the same opposition during the Dudley Eve Trophy group stage.

“Having come up against X-Roads in the Dudley Eve earlier in the season taking six from them to then go and beat them is a big achievement,” Coke added.

The experienced striker is now bracing for what he anticipates will be a formidable task up against fellow promoted side Parish.

“This game against Hamilton Parish is another big test as we both got promoted last season,” he said.

“I think it’s going to be a key task for us to break down their defence and we just have to do that with patience and execute our plan.

“I think the key pieces to that is having everybody on the same page not just physically but also mentally.”

In stark contrast to their rivals, Parish are coming into the match on a five-game losing streak in league and cup competitions.

Sergio Goater’s team have lost their previous four league outings, with their only win coming in a 4-1 thrashing of X-Roads in their season opener.

They made a flying start to the season on the way to reaching the Dudley Eve Trophy semi-final, which they lost 1-0 to Somerset Trojans.

However, they have yet to transfer that form into the league, something they must figure out if they are to avoid a swift return to the First Division.

The match kicks off at 3pm.

There is also one First Division match scheduled for today with Devonshire Colts hosting Somerset Eagles at 3pm at Police Field.

BAA were scheduled to face Ireland Rangers at Goose Gosling Field tonight. However, the visitors were unable to field a team with BAA having been awarded a 3-0 result.

Premier Division action continues tomorrow with leaders North Village hosting X-Roads at Bernard Park, St George’s welcome champions Dandy Town to Wellington Oval while Robin Hood take on Somerset Trojans at Goose Gosling Field.

All matches are to begin at 3pm with the exception of the Hood and Somerset clash which starts at 6pm.

Tomorrow’s remaining First Division matches see Southampton Rangers hosting Wolves at Southampton Oval and Young Men’s Social Club facing St David’s at Police Field, with both matches to begin at 12.30pm.

Meanwhile, the Bermuda Football Association has announced the draw for the Friendship Trophy and First Division Shield competitions.

Holders Devonshire Cougars will begin their title defence against X-Roads in one of two preliminary matches at Lords on December 4 with the winner to meet last season’s runners-up Dandy Town in the quarter-final on December 17.

Robin Hood and Somerset Trojans will do battle in the other preliminary match at Goose Gosling Field the same day with the winner to face Hamilton Parish in the last eight at Lord’s on December 18.

In the quarter-final matchups already confirmed, North Village host Boulevard at Bernard Park while St George’s take on PHC Zebras at Wellington Oval on December 18.

The Shield competition will kick off with BAA and Paget squaring off in a preliminary match at Goose Gosling Field on December 3 with the winner to face Somerset Eagles in the quarter-finals.

The remaining quarter-final matches will see holders Wolves face Young Men’s Social Club at Wellington Oval in a repeat of last season’s final, Devonshire Colts taking on St David’s at Lord’s while Ireland Rangers have been pitted against Southampton Rangers at Southampton Oval.

All quarter-final matches will be held on December 18.

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Published November 05, 2022 at 8:15 am (Updated November 05, 2022 at 8:15 am)

In-form Boulevard keen to build on momentum

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