Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
After almost throwing away a brilliant start to the 2013 ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup schoolboy football season, before only squeezing into the inter-zone round of the competition, Frome Technical will be hoping for consistency and three points this afternoon when they go up against Vere Technical at home in Westmoreland.
Frome, which qualified as one of the best third-place finishers from the first round - with 16 points - will hope to start on a positive note, and head coach Marvin Quarrie is optimistic his players will deliver in today's only match.
"I don't know much about Vere, but I think they are eager to come here and look for a win, just as much as we are prepared to win this match also," declared Quarrie.
He said preparation for a return to action has given his team another boost, as they seek to remain relevant in the competition.
Frome, the 2003 champions qualified behind Zone B winners Rusea's High, 18 points, with Green Island taking second spot on 17.
Quietly Peeling Away
"We faded a little towards the end of the round, but we are still in it, and a win this afternoon will be good for our confidence," reasoned Quarrie.
But while Kemps Hill High (17 points) grabbed Zone N honours from Vere, the Hayes-based school has been quietly peeling away the rough edges and could surprise.
Vere, which last celebrated daCosta Cup success in 1980 - as one of their nine titles - will be looking to go as far as possible, starting with a win over a Frome team that has not lost on their home field so far.
"Playing at home is good for us and is always an advantage. It means that teams coming to Frome will have to be double certain of how they will attack us. We are looking for an excellent start to the inter-zone round," said Quarrie.