In Antigua & Barbuda, to ‘lime, ‘is to chill, take it easy and relax.
Well, if Lime Old Road expects to take home the 2011-2012, ABFA, immobile, Observer Group of Companies Premier Division title, they players can’t afford to ‘lime.’
Tomorrow, Old Road, leaders of the competition, tied on points with Special Security Services All Saints United, will take on Bassa.
For Old Road, they must win for a number of reasons.
After losing for the first time this season in its previous encounter to Asot’s Arcade Parham, Old Road needs to reestablish its confidence as a title contender.
While Old Road is tied on points with United, they have a game in hand so a win tomorrow would give them sole command of first place.
Old Road also needs to win to demonstrate that the win over United was not a fluke.
In addition, Old Road must win to increase its confidence going into the New Year and the second half of the season.
For Old Road to win however, they must improve in the middle to fuel the attack up front.
The Old Road frontline is potent but Parham showed that with some tough defense even a potent offence without proper feed from the middle can be tied down.
Tiran Williams and the Harris brothers will have to improve their play in the middle.
There are also some chinks in the Old Road defensive armor which have to be fixed before they take on a confident and extremely talented young Bassa squad.
Bassa also has championship aspirations and a win over Old Road will catapult them to the lead.
So the lead of the premiership will be up for grabs when these two title contenders engage in what is expected to be a keenly contested match at the ARG.
Before that encounter, Parham will be looking to demonstrate that is has the ability to win back to back titles when they take on Sea View Farm.
Both teams are coming off wins, most notably Parham’s demoralizing victory over Old Road.
Parham has the tools to win but if there is a ‘sleeper’ in this league it may very well Farm with new head coach, former national keeper Janil Simon on board.
Tomorrow’s matches will certainly be a precursor what is expected in the premiership in the New Year and the second half of the season.