BT bank­ing on turn­around

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Nod­ley Wright Gleaner Writer

ONE OF the most sto­ried clubs in the coun­try and the club of the un­com­mit­ted fans, Boys’ Town, has been play­ing catch-up for most of the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League sea­son, so far, and coach Andrew Price is looking for a turn­around.

Looking up at ev­ery other club with just seven points, the man who has been with the club for over two decades, start­ing as a player, rea­soned that things can only get bet­ter for them this sea­son.

“To­mor­row marks the start of the sec­ond round, one which we are very op­ti­mistic about, and we have al­ready put the first round be­hind us,” said Price of his club whose clos­est ri­vals are Waterhouse, who, along with two other teams, are on 10 points.

“We are looking to start the sec­ond round with great am­bi­tion, and com­ing up against a UWI FC team who are not en­joy­ing the great­est run at the mo­ment is in­deed en­cour­age­ment for us, and we in­tend to cap­i­talise on that. We our­selves are not ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the great­est run ei­ther, but we need to give a good ac­count of our­selves, and I think we are ready,” added Price.

RE­LIANCE ON YOUNG STRIKER

One of Boys’ Town’s chal­lenges, so far, this sea­son is the over­re­liance on young striker Shamar Ni­chol­son – the com­pe­ti­tion’s joint lead­ing scorer with six goals – to pro­vide the goals for them. If their for­tunes are to change, then Ni­chol­son will have to get sup­port from oth­ers such as the vet­eran Michael Camp­bell.

“It (the fact that Ni­chol­son scores most of the goals) is an is­sue. We need other peo­ple to step up and score. He needs sup­port. Out­side of that, though, one of the ma­jor prob­lems that we are hav­ing is that we need to take our op­por­tu­ni­ties when they are pre­sented. We wasted op­por­tu­ni­ties against Ar­nett and we ended up los­ing. The game be­fore that, we per­formed sim­i­larly against Tivoli Gar­dens but still man­aged to come away with a win. So that is some­thing we have to ad­dress,” Price ex­plained.

The Mar­cel Gayle-coached UWI FC have their own prob­lems, which need to be ad­dressed. The team, which is in its sec­ond year of top-flight foot­ball, looked like show­ing its more sea­soned op­po­nents that things would fol­low a new or­der when they stormed to the top

top of the ta­ble but has since hit the skids with a se­ries of losses, the lat­est a 1-0 loss to Port­more United.

For the UWI FC faith­ful, this en­counter with Boys’ Town is a god­send. Based on their strug­gles, they rea­son, they could not have had a bet­ter op­po­nent at a bet­ter time as Boys’ Town is one of the weaker teams in the league and will give them the op­por­tu­nity to restart their climb.

Cap­tain Rochane Smith is UWI FC’s most re­li­able scorer, and he will wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to add to his tally against Boys’ Town and claim sole hold and the lead­ing goalscorer spot. His chances will be made even greater by the ab­sence

of the vet­eran shot stop­per Kirk Porter, who is away on fam­ily busi­ness. Seven­teen-year-old Shavaun Wil­son, the club’s goal­keeper for its win­ning Un­der-20 team, has been pro­moted to the se­nior team, and he will con­tinue in goal to­day af­ter mak­ing his de­but against Ar­nett Gar­dens.

At the Wem­b­ley Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, for­mer cham­pi­ons Har­bour View are ex­pected to steal vi­tal points off the strug­gling Ja­malco, who have cooled off since their hot start, while de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mon­tego Bay United should ben­e­fit from home ad­van­tage when they entertain Ar­nett Gar­dens.

Reno Foot­ball Club have been blow­ing hot and cold but would not be get­ting ahead of them­selves if they think they can get the bet­ter of Tivoli Gar­dens at Frome and give their fans some­thing to smile about.

Waterhouse sta­bilised them­selves af­ter a dis­as­trous

start but have since lost away and at home to Port­more United and Reno, re­spec­tively. To­day, they face a dif­fi­cult chal­lenge in Hum­ble Lion, who are coached by Dono­van Duckie, a man who knows them very well.

At the Span­ish Town Prison Oval, lead­ers Port­more United are ex­pected to so­lid­ify their po­si­tion with a win over Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den, who will be looking to Phillip Ped­die to lead their goalscor­ing charge.

TO­DAY’S GAMES:

3:p.m.: Ja­malco vs Har­bour View – Wem­b­ley Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence

3 p.m.: Boys Town vs UWI FC – Bar­bican Stadium

3 p.m.: Mon­tego Bay United vs Ar­nett Gar­dens – We­spow Park/Fair­field

3 p.m.: Reno FC vs Tivoli Gar­dens – Frome Com­plex

3p.m.: Waterhouse vs Hum­ble Lion – Drewsland Stadium

3 p.m.: Port­more United vs Maver­ley Hugh­en­den – Prison Oval

GLADSTONE TAY­LOR/PHOTOGRAPHER

Rochane Smith Boys’ Town’s coach Andrew Price (left) and his ace for­ward, Shamar Ni­chol­son, at last Thurs­day’s weekly Red Stripe Premier League press con­fer­ence at the spon­sor’s head of­fice on Span­ish Town Road.

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