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Renaldo Gilkes

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Mackeson Brittons Hill moved five points behind leaders Weymouth Wales after their latest victory in the Digicel Premier League last Sunday at the National Stadium.
Brittons Hill defeated Pinelands 1-0, while in the other games, Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame edged Bagatelle 2-1 and the Barbados Defence Force defeated KDJ Auto/Gatorade Dayrells Road by a similar margin.
Brittons Hill seemed to be doing just enough to secure victory.
Pinelands have let in ten goals in their last two matches and were finding it hard to restrain their opponents. They employed reserve goal keeper Ryan Hope and he stood the test as he made some timely challenges and fine saves.
The first half ended in a stalemate, but the second half was more intense and both teams played some very attacking football.
Brittons Hill got that important goal in the 68th minute, courtesy of a strike from substitute Henderson Richards who was on the pitch for a mere two minutes.
Brittons Hill moved to 14 points with the victory.
After their last Premiership game, which they lost to Wales, the Dames needed a win to stay within touching distance of the leaders.
Bagatelle, yet to win at the National Stadium this season, were simply looking to break the jinx and move up the table.
Bagatelle opened the scoring in the 35th minute from the penalty spot through Marcus Best after a Dames player handled the ball in the area.
Dames replied in the 62nd minute via the same route. Captain John Parris stepped up and converted his fifth goal of the season.
Six minutes later, Dames grabbed the winner in spectacular fashion as Decarlo Jemmott volleyed from close range.
The two promoted teams did battle in the feature match and it was Dayrells Road who got the ball rolling.
In the 23rd minute, John Stoute played an inch perfect pass into the path of front man Tristan “Fishy” Parris, whose right foot shot was only partially blocked by goalie Terry Smith.
BDF levelled the score in the 70th minute. A long throw by Tariq Highland was met by the head of Christopher Broomes, and with his first touch of the match he breathed life back into the BDF team.
BDF snatched victory as skipper Mario Harte was granted too much space at the top of the box and his right foot drive skidded under the body of the diving Andre Small in the last minute of extra time.