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PHC on the verge of sealing league title glory

PHC Zebras captain Marco Warren (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Winston Trott Jr, the PHC Zebras coach, says his players remain fully focused heading into their league season finale against relegated Boulevard with the Premier Division title all but sealed.

A point would be enough for PHC to clinch a third league title in five seasons, and twelfth overall, in front of their own fans at PHC Field tomorrow.

While the hosts are the firm favourites coming up against a Boulevard team with nothing to play for but pride, having already made an immediate return to the second tier, Trott is not taking anything for granted.

“We don’t know what type of team Boulevard is going to put out there but we are prepared,” he said.

“We are definitely not taking Boulevard for granted; we are prepared and pumped up for the game.

“Our foot is definitely on the gas and we are not easing up. We are going to be pushing, which is our mentality, so our foot is definitely not going to be off the gas.”

Trott believes Boulevard, who were relegated after being held to a 1-1 stalemate against Somerset Trojans in their previous outing, are a much better side than results suggest.

“I think they were unfortunate in a lot of their games and we know they have capable players,” he added.

“Their situation is unfortunate as you know football can be.”

PHC have a three-point advantage over second-place Devonshire Cougars who are the only team that can mathematically reel them in.

The leaders also have a vastly superior goal-difference (+40) to Cougars (+30) who will need a massive win over relegated Robin Hood and a Boulevard upset to stand any chance of landing the title themselves.

Trott is equally as excited as his players being on the verge of claiming a maiden Premier Division title at the helm.

“If it happens, it happens and, of course, I would be excited to win it, which is natural,” he added.

“This is what we are playing for. We are actually playing for the league which is what we set out to do at the beginning of the season.

“We want to be the most consistent team and everything else is a bonus. It would definitely be a proud moment for me but, of course, we have to get the job done first.”

Even though PHC remain on course for a second Triple Crown and first in 52 years having already won the Friendship Trophy, reached the FA Cup final and all but clinched the league title, Trott is not looking any further than his team’s next outing.

“We have to take care of the first job first and win the game on Sunday and then everything else will fall into place,” he stressed. “We just have to do that job first and that’s all we are concentrating on right now.”

PHC edged North Village 1-0 in the Friendship Trophy final on New Year’s Day to earn Trott his first title as a coach in the top flight.

The former player succeeded Robert Bean at the helm in July 2020 and has since made a seamless transition in the role.

“It’s been an awesome journey,” Trott said. “The club has provided me with everything I’ve needed and the players have been on board, so it’s just a matter of getting the job done.”The former PHC winger coached at youth level at the club for more than three decades before stepping up to the senior ranks.“Most of the guys that play for me I have coached at the junior level, so it was easier because I have coached them already,” he added.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s remaining fixtures will see Cougars host Robin Hood at Devonshire Recreation Club, St George’s Colts are at home to North Village at Wellington Oval, Dandy Town face Hamilton Parish at Goose Gosling Field while Somerset Trojans will do battle with X-Roads Warriors at Somerset Cricket Club.

The final round of the First Division campaign will take place next weekend.

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Published March 18, 2023 at 7:57 am (Updated March 19, 2023 at 12:26 pm)

PHC on the verge of sealing league title glory

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