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Absent captain Angelo Simmons backs Dandy Town to perform

Dandy Town captain Angelo Simmons, left, will miss his team’s Premier Division encounter with Robin Hood (File photograph)

Angelo Simmons, the Dandy Town captain, is backing his team to put an end to their poor run of form and salvage some pride heading down the final stretch of the season.

The Premier Division club have been a shadow of the one which secured the coveted League and FA Cup double last season after struggling with consistency throughout this campaign.

Town got off to the worst possible start after suffering a crushing 4-0 defeat at the hands of Devonshire Cougars in the Charity Cup before coach Jay Bean parted ways with the club after only taking the reigns last summer.

Six losses in the league and elimination from the FA Cup then dashed their hopes of retaining the title and leaves them with nothing but pride to play for. Yet Simmons remains positive that his side will finish on a brighter note and return stronger next season.

“The morale is still there and the only way for us is up,” the experienced striker said. “We have not got our heads down and we are going to fight to try and finish as high as we can.

“This season we just have to take a lesson from out of the book, be humble and just come back stronger next season.”

Simmons, 34, cited complacency, unavailability of key players through studies abroad, injuries, suspensions and having to play scheduled home matches away as reasons for his team’s rapid demise.

“There is just a lot going on with the team and sometimes you get complacent,” he added. “There have also been a lot of changes, not having our home field and not having our club be together like we normally are is probably hurting us a little.

“We also have a big chunk of players from last season being away and guys injured, so we have not been able to field the same team from the week before.

“Some seasons go like that after you win mostly everything and then the next season you have a little hiccup, but the main thing is to stay up and come back stronger than ever.”

Simmons reckons the club’s future is in good hands with some of the younger players coming through the ranks.

“We have some youth coming through that’s going to be a big plus for us the second half of the season and they have a bright future,” he said.

Simmons has endured his own share of injuries lately and has been ruled out of Town’s league match with bottom side Robin Hood at Goose Gosling Field tonight (9pm) with a slight tear in his calf muscle.

“It’s very frustrating I can’t be there to lead my team how I want to, but I am there on the side and right there with them,” he added.

Simmons believes his team, who have not won in the league since November 19, can achieve the desired outcome against Robin Hood.

“We are going to come with the right attitude to hopefully get the three points that we need, and I am very confident the guys can rise to meet the challenge,” he said.

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Published January 26, 2023 at 7:47 am (Updated January 26, 2023 at 7:47 am)

Absent captain Angelo Simmons backs Dandy Town to perform

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