PHC and North Village face off for first title in season curtain-raiser
PHC Zebras and North Village go head-to-head for the first title of the new campaign as the Charity Cup kicks off the domestic football season at Devonshire Recreation Club on Sunday.
PHC, who last season sealed a league and Cup double, will be out for revenge after seeing their quest for a second Triple Crown, their first in 52 years, thwarted by Village in the FA Cup final, falling to a 2-1 defeat.
Both teams head into season curtain-raiser aiming to a claim the title for an eight time overall.
The close season has proved a quiet one for PHC, who have seen five players leave the club, including striker Paul Simons to divisional rivals St George’s, while bringing in the likes of Jahiem Iris from Somerset Trojans and Nathan Furbert from Devonshire Cougars.
It also is still to be seen how the club will fare following the tragic loss of captain Marco Warren, who died after a suspected hit-and-run incident, and without coach of the year Winston Trott Jr, who opted to step down from his position.
Meanwhile, Village have been slightly more proactive during the transfer period adding some notable firepower to its ranks.
While winger Justin Bell, one of six departures, has left for Hamilton Parish, versatile forward Jordan Outerbridge has moved the other way and has been joined by powerful striker De’Andre Wainwright, formerly of Trojans.