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Premiership heats up


Renaldo Gilkes

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The league’s top five teams will be in action this evening when the Barbados Football Association’s Digicel Premier League continues at the National Stadium.
An exciting triple-header awaits football fans, as the league is almost at boiling point and with title gaining implications at stake in each match, patrons would be advised to be in their seats from very early for the fireworks.
At 4 p.m. Weymouth Wales will need to rebound from their Thursday night loss to Mackeson Brittons Hill if they are to keep their title hopes alive. Their opponents Silver Sands will be hoping for a positive result as it is all about securing premiership status in 2015 for them.
Silver Sands have not started the second round too favourably, losing both matches played. Their backline will need to be a bit more discipline and organised, and Shane “Plucky” Welch will also need some assistance in the goal-scoring department.
Wales, who have been struck by the injury bug of late, will be hoping that four of their usual starters, Jabarr Greene, Shawn Clarke, Jamar Walters and Dwayne Stanford, return in good health to keep their title-chase going.
The high-flying Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) will not just be looking to continue their rich form with a victory but they will be hoping to inflict the harsh blows which their opponents Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame handed them in the first round.
Traditionally a very cagey and unpredictable encounter, this one should be no different. However, the free-scoring form of the defending champions will be of some concern to the Dames, who have secured just one clean sheet for the season.
BDFSP possess an array of attacking options, spearheaded by captain Mario Harte, who is aided by Shaquille Stewart, Jamal Chandler, Chai Lloyd and roving midfielder Raheim Sargeant.
But they will have to deal with a backline marshalled by John “Nobby” Parris, central partner Kimoi Seale, Leon Todd and Aaron Leacock, who have played the majority of the Dames matches this season together.
A win for BDFSP would leave them safe at the top for another day while for the Bayland boys it keeps them in contention to battle with the top four.
The evening’s final match features two worthy title contenders in Brittons Hill and Pride of Gall Hill.
Gall Hill was slowed down last week after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Notre Dame and they will be looking to get back to winning ways against their Valery opponents.
This fixture has ended with draws in the last four occasions. However, with both teams thirsty for glory, I doubt this will end in a tie.
Gall Hill’s defence has been discreet and industrious thus far and with the return of Oscar Nero and Ramuel Millar to guide teenagers Ranaldo Bailey and Ramar Millar, they have done quite well. 
However, with Mustafa Haqq in some defying form, they will have to be spot-on for 90 minutes-plus to keep out the former Guyana youth national forward.

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