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Crucial clash in Barbican

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Dino Williams (left) of Montego Bay United getting the better of Boys' Town's Ricardo Dennis during a Red Stripe National Premier League football match at the Barbican field on Wednesday, January 17. The game ended 0-0.

Time is running out for relegation-threatened Boys' Town in the 2017-18 Red Stripe Premier League season.

The Trench Town-based former club has had late runs over the past three seasons but are in grave danger now of being cut adrift at the halfway point. They may have already reached the point of no return, but head coach Andrew Price will still be pushing until it is mathematically impossible to survive.

Price is fully aware that his side faces a must-win game against Montego Bay United (MBU) today at the Barbican Complex. Boys' Town are in the cellar position on 14 points from 23 games, while MBU sit in an unfamiliar 10th position on 24 points.

With that scenario, Boys' Town, which shared points in a 1-1 draw with Humble Lion last Sunday, cannot afford to drop points. MBU will also be hunting full points to climb away from danger.

Boys' Town have brought in attackers such as Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson, Andre Dawson, Bebeto McDonald, and Javaughn Mitchell during the transfer window to boost the team.

"We won't be doing any more shopping. We will stick with the players brought in to keep us out of relegation. We are showing a good amount of fight, so it is about concentrating for 90 minutes-plus. We have to start winning games," Price said last Thursday.

The Red Brigade will be without Jamiel Hardware, who is away on national duty in Turkey.

Lincoln White, MBU's director of communications, said that striker Dino Williams would be in the line-up for the crucial fixture.

"Dino will delay surgery to play because the team is in a precarious position. He is fighting to get fit and ready to play in order to help the team in the league, Dino is willing to fight and score goals to take us out of the current situation. The last match at Boys' Town, he missed a couple of chances, but come Sunday, he will be ready," White shared on the eve of the game.

"At WesPow (Park), we have a problem with consistent rain because we are in a valley, but the weather has been good this week. So that is a positive for us in the preparation, We are ready to go," he added.

MBU will also be without Owayne Gordon and Ladale Richie, who travelled with the Reggae Boyz for Tuesday's international friendly against South Korea in Turkey.

 

Tomorrow's games

 

- 3 p.m.: Boys' Town vs Montego Bay United at Barbican Complex

- 3 p.m.: Reno vs Waterhouse at Frome Complex

- 3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Sandals South Coast at Spanish Town Prison Oval

- 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Humble Lion at UWI Bowl, Mona

 

Monday Night's game

 

- 8:35 p.m.: Harbour View vs Cavalier at Harbour View Stadium