Midfielder Jared Peniston says the Hogges will have no fear when they take on league leaders Charlotte Eagles tonight, claiming - 'we can beat anyone on our own turf - I don't care if it's Manchester United'.

The Dandy Town winger has been one of the surprise packages of Bermuda's new pro franchise, making the central midfield slot his own with some neat displays.

But he believes there is much more to come from himself and his team-mates as they attempt to lift themselves from the foot of the table - starting tonight against the high-flying Eagles.

"We've only played three games, other sides have played seven or eight. Once we start catching up on games we won't be at the bottom. I believe we can still make the top half of the table. We've had a shaky start but we can do a whole lot better.

"I believe we can take any team in Bermuda. I don't care if they are Manchester United."

Peniston said he was relishing the pro environment and felt he had already improved the physical side of his game to meet the demands of the USL Division Two, which has proved to be a tough, rough league at times, particularly for tricky, skilful players.

"I haven't really showed that side of my game as yet but eventually I'm going to let it loose.

"I've got the physical strength and fitness down right now. I'm pretty fit, I've been lifting weights, we've been training five times a week and I feel I have that side of the game down. I don't want to just give 100 per cent. I want to give 125 per cent.

"We've been getting use to the league, to the professional environment and I don't think any of us have shown everything we have to offer.

"Once we let loose, we'll start winning some games and then everyone will get behind us and hopefully the fans will come out."

The Hogges beat Bermuda's Under-23 squad, in training for the Island Games, 4-1 in a training match this weekend.

Skipper Kwame Steede made a return to action in that match and is expected to partner Peniston in central midfield tonight.

Pennsiton said he was looking forward to playing alongside Steede and was enjoying his new role in the centre.

"They started me there in the first game and ever since then I've been playing central midfield. I was picked in that spot and now I've got it, I feel it's mine. I just hope I don't get injured or nothing and I can keep on top of my game."

He said he was enjoying playing in the centre and being more involved in the action.He hopes to go on to play a more influential role for the Hogges and put himself in the frame for a career in the States.

"I'm just trying to work hard and raise my level and show some of the ability that I do have so that I can get noticed and maybe get a contract overseas."