Boys’ Town look to move out of rel­e­ga­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

BOYS’ TOWN FC will look to step out of rel­e­ga­tion zone when they face neigh­bour­ing Tivoli Gar­dens FC in the Red Stripe Pre­mier League (RSPL) on Sun­day at Bar­bican Com­plex in St Andrew.

The game that will be live on Tele­vi­sion Ja­maica is set to kick off at 3 p.m.

Af­ter a poor start with losses in the first four games, Boys’ Town de­feated fast-ris­ing new­com­ers Ja­malco FC two weeks ago, then earned a 1-1 draw against Maver­leyHugh­en­den last Sun­day to be on four points and in 11th po­si­tion in the 12-team league.

The Red Bri­gades be­lieve that they are ready to con­tinue the fight and see the game against Tivoli as cru­cial at this point.

IM­POR­TANT GAME

Boys’ Town’s lead­ing striker Shamar Ni­chol­son is look­ing for­ward to the game against Tivoli.

“It is a very im­por­tant game for us as a win would put us level on points with Tivoli and off the bot­tom of the ta­ble,” Ni­chol­son said dur­ing the RSPL weekly press con­fer­ence at Red Stripe yes­ter­day.

“We started slowly and have been work­ing hard in train­ing. With the in­clu­sion of some se­nior play­ers, the team is do­ing bet­ter. Now, hope­fully we can get it to­gether and go on a con­sis­tent run,” the 19 year-old, who is in his third RSPL sea­son added.

Ni­chol­son has scored four of his team’s five goals this sea­son and is rel­ish­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity given to him by coach Andrew Price.

“Since play­ing in the Pre­mier League, I have al­ways been the top scorer for Boys’ Town be­cause I find my­self in the right place at the right time,” he ex­plained.

“Coach (Price) is con­fi­dent in my abil­ity to score goals, so I am the man. My tar­get for the sea­son is 30 goals which is a lot but that is the tar­get,” the con­fi­dent Ni­chol­son said.

FORMER PLAYER

Boys’ Town will face some former play­ers and coaches, but Ni­chol­son says he will al­ways find dif­fer­ent ways to play.

“I ex­pect a good game from both teams. They have peo­ple who know about us but I will find a dif­fer­ent way to play, so it won’t be easy for Tivoli to stop our team,” he said.

In the last en­counter, Ni­chol­son was in­jured and re­placed in the sec­ond half. The club was also with­out vo­cal coach Price on the side­line.

“I was in­jured in the last game and did not score, plus we were also with­out coach Price. It will be dif­fer­ent with coach Price back on the bench. It will make a big dif­fer­ence as he is al­ways telling us what to do dur­ing games,” Ni­chol­son noted.

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