With defending champions Asot’s Arcade Parham losing on Saturday, Lime Old Road and Special Security Services All Saints United looked to create space at the top of the standings on Sunday.
The two front runners did just that by recording victories in their respective matches, though very unconvincing wins to say the least.
Old Road defeated bottom of the table Bullets 1-0 and United beat Bassa in the night cap of a triple header at the ARG by the same margin.
True, Old Road might have won by a greater margin but football is a game of mistakes and at times it’s about who makes the least number of errors win.
The league’s top scorer, Stephan “Tommy” Smith missed out on increasing his tally with a blown penalty in the second half after Old Road squandered many more opportunities to score.
Bullets held Old Road to a nil-all score at halftime.
It took Tash Harris to score the game winner 18 minutes from time.
Old Road took the much needed three points to increase its tally at the top of the table to 26, three points ahead of United who had ‘its hands full against Bassa.’
Notwithstanding Bassa’s strong challenge in the feature game on Sunday, United was able to hold on for the three valuable points to keep Old Road in its sight.
It was an ugly winfor the U-men but a win nonetheless.
Both teams finished the game with ten men after Romario Braithwaite and Ian “Sugar Daddy” Williams were sent off.
Braithwaite received his marching orders in the 32nd minute while Williams followed early in the second half of play.
Bassa was persistent on attack but was unable to break through unlike United who got the game winner, a Teshawn Phillip strike eight minutes from time.
Prior to the nightcap Cool & Smooth Empire and Hospitality Services Sea View Farm played to a 1-1 draw in a very exciting match between two teams in need of points.
An own goal by Pernell Phillip gave Farm the early lead before Ranjae Christian tied the game minutes to halftime.
Farm is tied on 12 points with Champion Footwear Greenbay Hoppers and third from the bottom of the standings ahead of Empire on 11 and Bullets seven points.
Hoppers are ahead of Farm on goal-difference, one, to Farm’s negative five.
The premier division continues on Wednesday with Old Road up against Willikies before United battle Hoppers.