English Harbour FC will be looking for its seventh consecutive win the ABFA Imobile Second Division when they entertain Glanvilles at Martin’s Field today.
A former three-peat national champion, Harbour wallowed in the first division for years before being demoted to the bottom division at the end of last season.
But with its pedigree and pride still intact, Harbour is looking to get back to the first division and reclaim its spot in the top flight in the near future.
The man saddled with the task of reclaiming English Harbour glory, is former defender Ian “Chicken Leg” Piper, newly appointed head coach.
It may be shocking to some that Harbour sits at the top of the division, tied on points with Westham but with a superior goal difference after losing its first game of the season to Hill Top.
Since that game however, the extremely young team with its new coach has gone unbeaten, scoring multiple goals in each game but one.
Except for a one-nil win over Maginley Blue Jays Harbour have been hammering defenses around the league scoring at will each time.
In its previous two matches Harbour has scored 16 goals with back to back hat tricks from Clarence “Junior” Marsh.
They hammered Bendals 9-0 two weeks ago before blanking Shotgun 7-0 last time around.
“Yeah, we have been scoring a lot of goals and that has translated to wins,” said Piper who expects Harbour to win the division.
“Once we continue to practice and do the things we have been doing so far, I don’t see why we cannot win and get to the first division.
“The team is playing well both in offence and defense,” the coach stated.
Since losing 3-4 against Hill Top the Harbour defense has not allowed a goal, a testament to the all round performance and chemistry of a team that understands how to play together.
“This team has been playing together for a while,” Piper said.
“We won the Johnson’s league prior to the start of the ABFA program where we went unbeaten so what we are witnessing here is nothing new for these guys.
“They know what it takes to win.”
Despite the successes though, all has not been glitz and glamour in the Harbour camp.
Following last week’s thumping of Shotgun, rumors surfaced that Marsh was leaving the club and that if he did the rest of the team was quitting.
Piper admitted that last week was extremely challenging.
“We had a series of meetings and we ironed out the issues,” said Piper who did not get into the details of the problem.
“Last night we had another team meeting and at the end of it we came away with the guys understanding how important it was to remain focus.
“We will have the same team on the field today against Glanvilles.”
As a first time Head Coach Piper is seeking help from former players who took Harbour to its glory days in the nineties.
That help though is not forthcoming.
“Not one of these guys have come and assisted,” Piper lamented.
“I need help.”
Following the week that was, today is going to be a telling time and a test of the mental strength of Harbour as they take on a formidable foe in the comfort of home.
“I think that today will definitely show what type of team we are.
“Glanvilles will not be a walkover.
“If we can play like we have been playing since week one then I know we should be on our way to the first division,” the coach stated.
Piper understands however, that with some 14 games left after today’s encounter the end of the season is far from over and anything can happen.
“We are not counting our chickens before they hatch because that could come back to haunt us,” the coach said.
“We have a lot of work to do and we have to remain focus and committed, not allowing any distractions to creep into the camp.
“We can win but the season is far, far from over.
Along with Marsh, Akeem Scott and Akeem Miller have carried the bulk of the scoring and the defense has played strong.
Once Harbour is able to maintain its composure then they should have a chance to come out of the division but as Piper stated the end is quite far.

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English Harbour FC will be looking for its seventh consecutive win the ABFA Imobile Second Division when they entertain Glanvilles at Martin’s Field today.
A former three-peat national champion, Harbour wallowed in the first division for years before being demoted to the bottom division at the end of last season.
But with its pedigree and pride still intact, Harbour is looking to get back to the first division and reclaim its spot in the top flight in the near future.
The man saddled with the task of reclaiming English Harbour glory, is former defender Ian “Chicken Leg” Piper, newly appointed head coach.
It may be shocking to some that Harbour sits at the top of the division, tied on points with Westham but with a superior goal difference after losing its first game of the season to Hill Top.
Since that game however, the extremely young team with its new coach has gone unbeaten, scoring multiple goals in each game but one.
Except for a one-nil win over Maginley Blue Jays Harbour have been hammering defenses around the league scoring at will each time.
In its previous two matches Harbour has scored 16 goals with back to back hat tricks from Clarence “Junior” Marsh.
They hammered Bendals 9-0 two weeks ago before blanking Shotgun 7-0 last time around.
“Yeah, we have been scoring a lot of goals and that has translated to wins,” said Piper who expects Harbour to win the division.
“Once we continue to practice and do the things we have been doing so far, I don’t see why we cannot win and get to the first division.
“The team is playing well both in offence and defense,” the coach stated.
Since losing 3-4 against Hill Top the Harbour defense has not allowed a goal, a testament to the all round performance and chemistry of a team that understands how to play together.
“This team has been playing together for a while,” Piper said.
“We won the Johnson’s league prior to the start of the ABFA program where we went unbeaten so what we are witnessing here is nothing new for these guys.
“They know what it takes to win.”
Despite the successes though, all has not been glitz and glamour in the Harbour camp.
Following last week’s thumping of Shotgun, rumors surfaced that Marsh was leaving the club and that if he did the rest of the team was quitting.
Piper admitted that last week was extremely challenging.
“We had a series of meetings and we ironed out the issues,” said Piper who did not get into the details of the problem.
“Last night we had another team meeting and at the end of it we came away with the guys understanding how important it was to remain focus.
“We will have the same team on the field today against Glanvilles.”
As a first time Head Coach Piper is seeking help from former players who took Harbour to its glory days in the nineties.
That help though is not forthcoming.
“Not one of these guys have come and assisted,” Piper lamented.
“I need help.”
Following the week that was, today is going to be a telling time and a test of the mental strength of Harbour as they take on a formidable foe in the comfort of home.
“I think that today will definitely show what type of team we are.
“Glanvilles will not be a walkover.
“If we can play like we have been playing since week one then I know we should be on our way to the first division,” the coach stated.
Piper understands however, that with some 14 games left after today’s encounter the end of the season is far from over and anything can happen.
“We are not counting our chickens before they hatch because that could come back to haunt us,” the coach said.
“We have a lot of work to do and we have to remain focus and committed, not allowing any distractions to creep into the camp.
“We can win but the season is far, far from over.
Along with Marsh, Akeem Scott and Akeem Miller have carried the bulk of the scoring and the defense has played strong.
Once Harbour is able to maintain its composure then they should have a chance to come out of the division but as Piper stated the end is quite far.

Courtesy of the ABFA Webnews team