As the push for early points intensifies, early front runners Godfrey Stewart and Petersfield undefeated so far, will look to continue their impressive showing in Zone ‘D’ of the ISSA/LIME da’Costa Cup when two re-scheduled matches are played later today.
The matches were pushed back to facilitate the funeral service of the late Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke in the parish on Saturday, (September 13).
Godfrey Stewart who lifted the title back in 2005, will be seeking to record a second victory in three matches when they oppose the unpredictable Grange Hill, who reached the Inter Zone round of the competition last year.
Grange Hill are yet to record a victory from their lone game contested, and will be hard pressed to secure their first as their opponents will be no push over.
Grange Hill are also yet to find the back of the net, while Godfrey Stewart have fired in three unanswered goals so far.
Meanwhile, early surprise package Petersfield under the guidance of veteran coach and former player Delroy Delliser is on a roll, being among the early leaders.
The dangerous Petersfield joint leaders of the Zone on four points, but in second position behind Godfrey on goal difference, are also in the hunt for their second win of the campaign and a chance to take over the lead, when they meet up with Manning’s in the day’s other match.
Despite netting just a solitary goal, Petersfield have been cohesive in defense conceding just once, and are expected to take all three points against a team that has found the going tough in front of goal.
In Friday’s action, former champions Rusea’s, Frome Technical and Muschett High all opened their account with wins.
The Hugh Solomon coached Muschett, bidding for a repeat performance which saw them going through to the Inter Zone round last year, opened their campaign with a stunning performance in a clinical 3-1 victory over former champions Herbert Morrison Technical High.
Alex Williams, Kemar Morgridge and Shakeal Bell were the scorers for the Muschett team.
Muschett missed a spot in the semi finals last year by a single point, and an even better placing has been the target set for the team this year.
Elsewhere Rusea’s, who won the last of their multiple crowns back in 2011, blanked Merlene Ottey 3-0 to assume early leadership of the zone.
2003 winners Frome Technical also opened their Zone ‘B’ account with a 2-0 victory over Green Island.