Devils told to ‘stay positive’

Solent & Gosport Devils Greg Wyatt, centre, and Kris Abbott, right, in action against Streatham Redskins. Picture: Paul Shergold

Solent & Gosport Devils Greg Wyatt, centre, and Kris Abbott, right, in action against Streatham Redskins. Picture: Paul Shergold

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Kris Abbott has called on his troops to ‘stay positive’ ahead of this weekend’s National League south division one double-header.

The Solent & Gosport Devils skipper will lead his side into battle at Bracknell Hornets today (6pm).

And then fire them up for the derby showdown with Wightlink Raiders in Gosport tomorrow (6.30pm).

Abbott’s men have yet to record a victory in six attempts since making the step up from division two last term.

They showed great promise a fortnight ago against reigning champions Romford Raiders.

The Devils led for most of the contest at their Forest Way headquarters only to go down 6-5 late on. Abbott was keen for them to use the performance as a springboard against Streatham Redskins last weekend.

But they conceded four goals in the opening six minutes and - despite launching a spirited fightback - went down 8-6.

Abbott described it as the ‘most disastrous start’ he has ever seen.

But he is confident they can make amends this weekend.

The skipper said: ‘It’s always hard to lose a game that we should have won. It was a big blow.

‘We had the most disastrous start but showed - as a team - our will to win as we never gave up.

‘And without the head start we gave them, we would have had our first win. So we have to stay positive and keep our heads up.

‘The confidence is high in the changing room and there is plenty of time left in the season.

‘If we correct the mistakes, I’m sure we will be rewarded with the wins we deserve.’

Kent Johnson, James Carling, Mitchell Murray, Greg Wyatt and George Norcliffe all netted as the Devils fought back from 5-1 down against the Redskins.

But further strikes rendered Abbott’s sixth a mere consolation in the end.

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