Friday, March 1, 2024

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The fireworks are expected to fly this weekend at the Wildey AstroTurf as teams cross the board in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League for the out-of-zone fixtures.

With the first leg of the round robin completed and five games played across the board, save for one match involving Weymouth Wales who are out for international competition, teams will be playing outside of their respective zones for the next three weekends before beginning their second round campaigns.

Tomorrow will see three games being played and Crane and Equipment Ellerton and Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre kick things off in the 5 p.m. game. Ellerton are holding on to second place in Zone 2 with seven points off two wins and a draw. Similarly, the Dames are second in their group but they are in better standing with nine points with three wins, their latest coming last weekend against Brittons Hill United.

In the middle, Abrahams United Silver Sands and Home Improvement Hardware Compton will be playing their first crossover game against each other. Both teams are in the red as Silver Sands have just four points from a win and a draw for fifth place in Zone 1. Compton are also in fifth but are yet to secure a win as they have three points from three draws.


Fourth place

Tomorrow’s nightcap will see another two teams that had a better go of things in the Williams Pre-Season Cup. Mark’s Auto Spares Porey Spring are in fourth place in Zone 2 with four points after drawing all but one of their games.

They will be hoping to pick up points against Empire, who are at the very bottom of the barrel in Zone 1. The other team with a game in hand, Empire have one win for the three points they have.

On Sunday, the University of the West Indies Blackbirds and Brittons Hill United kick things off at 4 p.m. The Blackbirds will be coming with the confidence of getting their first win of the competition in their last game this past weekend. They moved up to third place in Zone 2 with six points from three draws and their win over Ellerton.

Brittons Hill are having a tough time of it in the top tier after going all the way to the Pre-Season Cup final. So far they have only two wins for six points and will be looking to pick up some points from outside of their group.

There is a Christ Church derby slated for the 6 p.m. game as Rendezvous and Paradise cross swords. Paradise have been running hot and cold all season and are in third place in Zone 1 after amassing seven points from two wins and a draw.

Rendezvous have had the worst of it this season and struggle to hold things together after being one of the powerhouses in the league in past years. They are at the bottom of Zone 2 with three points. Their last game saw them breaking even with Compton in a 4-4 draw after a heated first half that saw eight goals being scored.

The 8 p.m. game is the showpiece of the crossover games as the respective group leaders will be facing off. Defending champions and 2017 triple crown winners Weymouth Wales are perfect on four wins from four games and will be coming back from a short stint in the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Shield. Proving powerful in every department as the team is solid from defence to the front, Wales will be favourites to win.

On the other hand, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme are many-time champions – and did not get there off their good looks. Still the most professional outfit in the league, they are well known for their fitness and have five wins to show for it. A heated battle that could possibly give a sneak peak at the eventual winner of the 2018 league is in store for fans in the nightcap. (BFA)


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