Perfect Petersfield look to cement group honours
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Western Bureau: Petersfield High and Group D rivals Godfrey Stewart High, both locked in the lead with 13 points, will be seeking separation from each other in today's daCosta Cup fixture.
Petersfield, who were winners on the weekend, 3-1 away to Godfrey Stewart, will no doubt be strong favourites against the hopeless Manning's School, who are way down the standings in third position with only four points.
The Carl Palmer-conditioned Godfrey Stewart could return to winning ways when they travel north to face cellar team Grange Hill High.
Other matches on today include the Mile Gully versus Manchester High top-of-the-table clash in Group F, while Belair and Cross complete the action in Manchester.
Both Mile Gully and Manchester have 15 points, but the Donovan Duckie-coached Manchester team have a game in hand, having played one less than their rivals.
Petersfield will be missing a number of their starters from Saturday's 3-1 win over Godfrey Stewart due to accumulated cards and injuries, but their coach, Delroy 'Pencil' Delisser, says he has enough top-quality players to provide cover.
"We had a nice little team meeting to get the players in the right frame of mind because our season is just about to begin. We have put the last match behind us and are ready for this one against Manning's," Delisser said.
"All the players are tuned in to what we must do, and players' absence because of injury and cards will not change our focus," Delisser added.
Manning's cannot advance with only two matches remaining in group play but will be keen on showing themselves worthy participants. They won their last match against Black River High and will be hunting more success, if for nothing else but pride.
Confident in winning
"They won their last match. I am sure they will be coming here (Petersfield) to win, but we are confident we can prevail," added Delisser.
For them to sneak ahead in the race for group honours, former winners Godfrey Stewart will have to lose or draw at Grange Hill. But on form, it appears that both schools will still be in a tie with one match to be played after this.
That deciding game pits Godfrey Stewart against Manning's and Grange Hill against Black River on Saturday October 4, and if they still cannot be separated, then goal difference will come into play, and that looks to be favouring Petersfield as they also hold a game in hand over their rivals.