Over the last few weeks it has been an ongoing battle for supremacy between 1st place Urlings FC and 2nd place Ottos Rangers FC. Coincidentally their standing positions were inversed the last time we checked when the latter of the two was at the top looking down.
Urlings eventually jumped ahead when they staged a dramatic 3-2 come-back against Celtics FC having gone 2-0 down in the first half. It was a very intense game, which was full of suspense and anxiety but victory dance performed all the way back to the Stadium of Lights.
Althea Marshall, president of the club expressed her delight with the vast improvement in the discipline of the team under the stewardship of head coach Bo Matthews.
“The main focus is to win all of our remaining seven matches” says Matthews. “We want to get into the Premiership as Champions just as the other round south teams did.” He also indicated that despite the division being very tough and difficult to get out of, “no one remembers you for coming second, so we want to finish as Champions and we are very determined”
Rangers who also boast on having a considerably disciplined unit are just two points behind with 30 from 15 matches. Having dropped a total of 15 points (3 losses and 3 draws) Rangers are still hopeful that they can be “The One”.
With a combined arsenal of youth, speed and hunger for the Championship, Rangers may very well end up dodging the bullet in their next fixture against “Locked and Loaded” Pigotts Bullets S.C. Then again It’s probably not a matter of them dodging Bullets, If they are “The One” they won’t have to.
National Parks English Harbour FC and Five Islands FC are fighting for the playoffs spots in 3rd and 4th place respectively. Both teams are on 25 points (5 points from 2nd and 7 points from the top). If all remains the same at the end of the competition then a round robin between the two along with the number 8 finishing Premier Division team will decide who makes it to the A.R.G next season.
Five Islands will be more eager to get back into the Premiership having come so close and yet knocking on the doors. Their last stride into the Big Yard was some 26 years ago in 1987. In speaking with club president Fernando Abraham, he indicated that his aim is to earn a place in the top two by winning the remainder of matches which includes beating Urlings and Ottos.
Abraham also stated that in spite of the First Division being very competitive his team could have been in a much better position had they not squandered their previous scoring opportunities. Their next meet will be against Celtics FC who they drew (0-0) with in the first round.
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