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Barbican seek to keep control in Magnum KSAFA Super League

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:17 AM

Barbican FC have an excellent chance of maintaining the lead in Zone A of the Magnum KSAFA Super League when they face Constant Spring FC in the feature game of a double-header beginning at 8:30 p.m. at Constant Spring Complex today.

Barbican FC jointly head the group with Real Mona on seven points from two wins and a draw. Chris James’ team is also quite experienced, balanced and capable of delivering another win, with Tajahe Dixon among their point men.

Constant Spring have been beaten in all three of their matches since gaining promotion for the 2019 season, suffering a 3-1 defeat against Meadforest FC in their last match one week ago.

It was a match that they would have entered with hopes for a better result, as both gained promotion after playing in last season’s Major League final. However, Constant Spring could not alter their form, despite staying even with their opponents for more than half the game.

CONDITIONING

Their head coach, Gregory ‘Messam’ Walters, thinks that was largely due to their conditioning.

“Right now, I think the team needs some more fitness. As you could see later down in the game we started dropping off, so we’ve to dig in and get some fitness in training and get the players up,” said Walters.

The coach added that his players are not sticking to the game plan.

“We’ve a good team, but we just need to start focusing more and play according to instructions because some of the times the players don’t carry out the instructions that were given to them, so it costs us in the game,” he lamented.

Meadforest made use of the second balls to counter them with deadly effect, especially in the second half when they rose above a 1-1 tie that existed up to the hour mark. Oshane Aaron (15th), Dondre Walker (64th) and Ian Davis (89th) accounted for the goals for Meadforest, which have four points after winning, losing and drawing one game. Rohan Shea (20th) scored for Constant Spring FC, who are yet to register a point.

“We need to start working on finishing also because we’re not really scoring any goals. We’re getting a number of chances, but we’re not scoring. We need to work on that because that’s the thing that’s going to get us through. If we’re not scoring goals, we can’t win any games,” said Walters.

He added: “I think we’ve to do our work on our defence too, because we’re letting in too many goals right now, so we’ll have to correct the defence, meaning from defence to midfield, we’ve to get a correction right there.”

The first game, at 6:30 p.m., brings together third-place Molynes United FC against Maxfield Park FC. Molynes lie third in the zone on four points after registering a win, draw and loss, while Maxfield are second from bottom with two points, secured in two drawn games and one loss.

Both already have a number of players on the scorers’ chart, with Tyrek Sutherland, Orane Ferguson and Ryan Brown headlining Molynes’ charge, and Maxfield’s Carey Powell and Mark Malcolm leading the lines.