By George Alleyne
The points standing in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League competition is showing close positions of the top teams for the 2018-2019 season, pressuring the leaders to pull out the stops.
At the end of last weekend’s series of matches Barbados Defence Force (BDF) drew level with Empire on 35 points in Zone Two, and UWI Blackbirds went up to 22 as they continue to keep a close marker on Weymouth Wales who are on 26.
With one month and a week to go before conclusion of this top Barbados league on April 21, some may argue that is too early to read any significance in the points standing but these leading teams know that the danger lies in allowing rivals to take a points lead that may prove too wide a margin to close later on.
It is with an eye on the lead that BDF’ senior national men’s captain Rashad Jules hit home the lone goal Sunday to ensure his side beat Ellerton Club 1-0, promoting the army boys to the joint top position in their zone, at the Wildey Astro Turf.
But while the Zone Two leaders BDF and Empire eye each other, the Paradise players lurk in third position on 30 points, which they reached by defeating St Andrew Lions 3-0. Two of the Paradise goals came in the first half off the boot of national striker Armando Lashley, and Tyrell Bancroft netted the third in the second session of play.
Defending champions Weymouth Wales booted seven goals into the net of Porey Spring who did not answer with even one goal to move to 26 points and retain their dominant Zone Two spot.
Perhaps Wales put that 7-0 drubbing on Porey Spring because they felt some pressure as their nearest challenger in Zone Two, Blackbirds, had the day before demolished RBC Capital Markets 8-0.