Ex-Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells will not feature against his former side this weekend as they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley.
Wells is training with the full squad, but is still not fit enough to play.
The Bermudian forward made the switch to the Clarets on deadline day, but is yet to appear for Sean Dyche's side due to an ankle injury.
Wells had minor surgery to remove a screw in his ankle whilst still a Huddersfield player, but has not recovered quick enough from the operation to face his former employers.
The 27-year-old is making good progress however, as the manager explained in his press conference.
"He's going well," said Dyche. "We know the injury, we’re being careful in the early stages, but he's on the grass and going well - the last 10 days or so."
Burnley will also be without forward Jonathan Walters, who is recovering from a knee injury.
The Clarets could therefore select former Leeds United striker Chris Wood to lead the line at the weekend, with the New Zealand international already bagging three goals in his first five Burnley appearances.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Lewis & Red Bulls II Fall to FC Cincinnati
Zeiko Lewis and his New York Red Bulls II teammates dropped a 4-2 result to FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium ending their six-game unbeaten run.
Cincinnati opened the scoring in the ninth minute of the match with Austin Berry tucking a header past a diving Rafael Diaz off a set piece opportunity. Berry scored the second goal of the U.S. Open Cup semifinal match at Nippert last month against New York’s first team in a 3-2 loss.
NYRB II quickly responding in the 19th minute as Florian Valot one-timed a set piece ball from the foot of Vincent Bezecourt to equalize. The goal was Florian’s fourth of the season and Bezecourt’s ninth assist of the season putting him back into a first-place tie for the league lead.
Junior Flemmings came close to equalizing for the away side in the 55th minute with a shot off a rebound that nailed the crossbar keeping the shot out of the back of the net.
Cincinnati scored three unanswered goals in the 32nd, 67th and 72nd minutes to push Cincinnati past a New York team that saw them out-possess the home side by a 65-35 percent margin as well as outshoot Cincinnati 18-9.
Valot brought a goal back for NYRB II in the 80th minute, his fifth of the season, to complete his brace on the night.
Tonight also saw Gideon Baah return to the pitch most recently being loaned down to NYRB II after recovering from a broken tibia injury he suffered in 2016. He is not eligible for the first team the rest of 2017 due to being on the season-ending injury list.
Despite the loss, NYRB II dropped only one spot in the Eastern Conference standings to seventh place with Cincinnati leapfrogging them with the win.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Trott Impresses But Hammers ‘Need More Focus’
Trott in action against Liverpool
Nathan Trott called on his side to have more focus in the big games after West Ham United under-23’s suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
West Ham had previously enjoyed an unbeaten start to the 2017/18 season but have now suffered three straight defeats, the latest a result which extends Liverpool’s own winning start to the campaign to five out of five.
Two first half goals for the visitors was enough on a night where in truth, they controlled much of the game and were fully deserving of the three points.
West Ham goalkeeper, Trott, who was called into action in spectacular fashion on a couple of occasions during the match, blamed a lack of focus at times for the performance.
“We were organised at times but we need to be more focused if we’re going win games against teams like this” he explained.
“Everyone put in lots of work in the first half and we definitely improved in the second half, I just think we tired from not having too much of the ball.”
Among a small handful of other chances, West Ham were awarded a first half penalty with the score at 2-0 but Toni Martinez failed to convert. Had the Spaniard scored, Trott felt the result could have been different.
“Toni's penalty was unlucky, it was a good shot but unfortunately the keeper went the right way.
“We had a couple more chances and if we had put some of them away the game would have been a lot different to how it ended.”
Despite falling the wrong side of a 2-0 result, Trott once again impressed between the sticks for West Ham, make a number of top saves which kept his side in contention.
“I’m always happy to make saves and contribute to the game” he said.
“But ultimately, we’re not happy with the result. Next week, we need to keep the shots against us a lot lower if we’re to win.”
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
CFU President Banned from FIFA for 6 Years
Caribbean Football Union President Gordon Derrick has been banned from football for six years by FIFA.
Derrick, who is also the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, was found guilty of a series of bribery and conflict of interest charges.
He has also been fined £23,000.
Last year he was barred from standing in the CONCACAF Regional Presidential Election that was won by current President Victor Montagliani and former Bermuda Football Association President Larry Mussenden, success in which would have made him a FIFA vice-president.
The Fifa corruption crisis explained.
World governing body Fifa said the investigation into Derrick focused on alleged conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, mismanagement of funds, abuse of position and disloyalty.
Derrick was appointed president of the CFU in May 2012, replacing Trinidadian Jack Warner, who left the position after a corruption investigation began.
Warner was later banned from football for life.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Bermuda Football Referees Corner Live
www.islandstats.com and the Bermuda Football Association have joined forces again this Season in a bid to encourage more Referees to join the ranks.
This Live Weekly segment takes place.
Weekly www.islandstats.com will be interviewing Referees to discuss several issues including Laws of the game.
Week Two of the 2017/18 Season on the Bermuda Referee Corner features the Bermuda Football Association Referee’s.