The four Cayman Islands national footballers- Mark Ebanks, Luigi Hernandez, Donald Solomon and Theron Wood – are doing well during their trial in West London.
They are based at Ashford Town in west London and are training for a couple of weeks with the semi-pro outfit under the watchful eye of technical director Carl Brown.
Ashford Town are a Conference side. Their player-manager Jamie Lawrence likes the look of the youngsters and wants them to stay longer, despite freezing snow hampering training and match opportunities.
Centre back Hernandez, 17, has most impressed. In the first match the group played in for Ashford Town, against Frimley Green, they all lived up to expectations. Ashford won 4-0 with Ebanks getting a hat-trick and Theron Wood scoring the fourth. Both Solomon and Hernandez played superbly also.
The Cayman connection was evident. Solomon played the pass to Ebanks for his first goal and the other two were played in to him by Wood. Ebanks also gave Wood the pass for him to score his goal.
Lawrence, 40, is a former Jamaica international midfielder. He played for a variety of pro clubs including Bradford City in the Premier League for two seasons. He is pleased with the Cayman contingent’s contribution but is not getting too carried away.
“Frimley Green are a couple of divisions below us and I basically put out a reserve team,” he said. “But the Cayman lads impressed me. They’ve got the right attitude and I would love them to spend more time here.”
They were supposed to return on Wednesday but because of the bad weather have extended their stay to Sunday to ensure they get trials with Notts County and Birmingham City.