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St George’s keen to take advantage of PHC slip-up

Added incentive: St George’s Colts striker Jonté Smith has challenged his team to take advantage of PHC Zebras’ defeat to Hamilton parish and claim top spot with victory over Robin Hood (File photograph)

St George’s Colts have added incentive heading into their Premier Division clash against bottom side Robin Hood at Goose Gosling Field tonight.

Victory would see Jarreau Hayward’s team replace PHC Zebras at the top of the standings and make further inroads towards a maiden league title in top flight football.

Hamilton Parish blew one of the closest title races in recent memory wide open with an emphatic 4-0 thrashing of PHC at PHC Field on Thursday night to pave the way for St George’s to go a point clear at the summit should they prevail against Robin Hood.

“We are definitely aware of the situation. Obviously, they [PHC] lost their game but we know that you don’t have points until you win the game,” Jonté Smith, the St George’s striker, said.

“Obviously getting a result this weekend puts everything in our hands, meaning if we go onto win the rest of the games then no one would be able to stop us.

“It’s obviously a big challenge and we have some tough games coming up, but we will just take everything one game at a time.

“Everything is coming together for us at the right time. We just need to keep improving and playing as a team.

“The better we get at that the better we will perform consistently and in the vital part of the season I think that’s the biggest challenge.”

Even though the visitors are the favourites heading into the clash with winless Hood, Smith is not taking the opposition lightly.“It’s ninety minutes of football and you have seen giant-killers all over the world in FA Cup competitions, Premier League and wherever else,” he added. “Robin Hood are fighting relegation and we know how motivated teams are when it comes to the crunch time of the season.

Tomorrow’s remaining Premier Division matches will see fourth-placed North Village travel to Somerset Trojans while X-Roads Warriors host Boulevard at St David’s.

Village will be keen to get their title bid back on track and keep pace with the teams above them after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to PHC in their previous outing.

Village trail leaders PHC by four-points in a title race coach Kenny Thompson believes is far from over.

“The title race is not a done deal for sure, so we are not looking at it in that perspective either,” he said.

Thompson believes setbacks such as last weekend’s against PHC can inspire his players to do better.

“These are moments that can make you stronger but only when we approach it with the right mindset,” he added.

“Now we have to go back to work to try to work a little bit harder to be a little more disciplined and a little bit more detailed to minimise mistakes.”

Trojans will also look to bounce back after suffering a 5-3 defeat in a high-scoring affair at home to Devonshire Cougars in their previous outing and steer further away from the relegation zone.

Likewise, second from bottom Boulevard and sixth-place X-Roads will be equally as keen to claim all three points to bolster their own chances of avoiding the plunge.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s First Division action will see leaders BAA host Southampton Rangers at Goose Gosling Field, while Ireland Rangers welcome Young Men’s Social Club to Somerset Cricket Club and Somerset Eagles are at home to Paget Lions.

The Devonshire derby between hosts Devonshire Colts and Wolves scheduled for today at Police Field has been postponed because of the funeral of former Wolves player and professional golfer Brian Morris.

The encounter has been rescheduled to take place on February 12 instead.

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Published February 04, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated February 04, 2023 at 4:47 pm)

St George’s keen to take advantage of PHC slip-up

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