Soccer

Bermuda players feature overseas

  • Vying for the ball: Nahki Wells, the QPR forward, tussles with Sheffield Wednesday winger Kadeem Harris at Hillsborough on Saturday. QPR won the Sky Bet Championship match 2-1

(Photograph by QPR)

Several of the Bermuda squad featured for their respective professional clubs at the weekend before heading home for the island’s Concacaf Nations League opener against Panama.

Bermuda kick off their League A campaign against regional heavyweights Panama in group B at the National Stadium on Thursday.

Nahki Wells, the Bermuda forward, was substituted in the 67th minute in Queens Park Rangers’ 2-1 win away to Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship on Yesterday.

QPR had to come from behind at Hillsborough after Wednesday took a first-half lead when Fernando Forestieri was fouled in the area and Steven Fletcher stepped up to send goalkeeper Joe Lumley the wrong way from the penalty spot.

It took the visiting side until the hour mark to get back into the game, when Hugill was set away by a through ball from Wells, and rounded Keiren Westwood before tapping home.

Hugill, on loan from Premier League side West Ham United, added his second four minutes later from a Ryan Manning cross.

Mark Warburton, the QPR manager, said: “We went in at half-time and found ourselves 1-0 down but we had to do more of the same.

“We needed to move the ball a bit quicker, be a bit more positive with our decision-making going forward to create chances and we did that.

“They’ve got good players here and we knew the threat they posed but we dealt with it really well — it was a deserved three points.

“We’ve played very well in a couple of games and got nothing out of it. The players know they can come to a place like this and score goals. Full credit to them. They’ve worked so hard on and off the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Reggie Lambe, the Bermuda midfielder, came on as a second-half substitute in Cambridge United’s 1-0 defeat away to Port Vale in League Two on Yesterday. Leon Davies’s 83rd-minute own goal separated the two sides.

Midfielder Osagi Bascome and winger Justin Donawa were both involved in Darlington’s 2-0 defeat away to Kings Lynn Town in the Vanarama National League North on Yesterday.

Bascome was substituted in the 72nd minute while Donawa entered the fray in the 65th.

Also in the National League North, midfielder Milan Butterfield played in Kidderminster Harriers’ 1-0 defeat at home to Alfreton Town.

John Pemberton, the Kidderminster manager, said: “I thought we were magnificent today. There are a good side, Alfreton; they’re strong, organised and have got a bit of experience.

“The two striker are a handful, but I thought we coped with it really, really well. We looked strong, we looked fit and times we pinned them back. We just lacked a bit of qualify in the final third.”

Winger Zeiko Lewis came off in the second half in Charleston Battery’s 0-0 draw away to Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship on Friday.